Douglas Laing Strathclyde Tasting Notes

Posted: April 30, 2013 in Scottish Grain Whisky, Strathclyde

Douglas Laing ‘The Clan Denny’ Strathclyde 2005 (7 year old) 55.7%

Sherry Finish/ Code: DEN0130/ Dist: Nov 2005 Btl: Mar 2015/ Tasted: Apr 2015

The nose opens with the oily dried fruit and a touch of smoke followed by some fruitcake sherry and light spice.

The palate is soft and unfortunately slightly sulphured with dried fruitcake sherry. It becomes even more sulphured on the middle. Long and softly spice with hints of toffee, but the sulphur is lingering too!

Douglas Laing ‘The Clan Denny’ Strathclyde 1974 (38 year old) 55.5%

Bourbon/ Code: DEN0098/ Dist: Oct 1974 Btl: Mar 2013/ Tasted: Apr 2013

A lighter, more herbal nose than the Cameronbridge showing a distinct roasted, nutty, vanilla character. Stunning depth to the aromas that have a definite Kentucky twist to them. Becoming very perfumed now with spice violets and castor sugar coated, dried, plummy fruit. Juicy and dusty with the grains adding a lovely, balancing nip.

Full an rich on the palate with buckets of milk chocolate coated, darkly honeyed, plummy fruit. It becomes quite toffee’d towards the middle but those nippy grains adroitly counter. So, so, juicy with some lovely, mature, warming spices and just like the nose a distinct nod to Kentucky. The oak is perfectly integrated and quite delicate, allowing the chocolaty spices to run riot on the tongue. Awesome length with a lightly herbal finish.


Douglas Laing Old Particular Strathclyde 2005 (10 year old) Sherry Finished 50.9%

Code: OLD0296/ Dist: Nov 2005 Btl: Feb 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

The aromas are quite full for its age with plenty of sherry enhanced dried, rummy fruit. Spicy with pepper, sweet honey and hints of green nuts/ wood. Finally an almost agricole-esque medicinal note puts in an appearance.

Full and sweet on the palate with the grainy sherry fruit (raisin, sultana) showing first, followed by a touch of coconut and almond. Subtly spiced with sweet liquorice and a freshening alcohol nip. Good length with lingering spicy fruit and a lightly smoked/ burnt wood after-taste.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Strathclyde 2005 (11 year old) 55.5%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0379/ DL11484

Dist: Nov 2005 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Feb 2017

Intense, pungent aromas of oily grain and very coffee’d sherry. The sherry notes are quite raw but polished in character. The wood notes continue with tobacco leaves, wood smoke and chocolate but the herbal, rum-like grain fruit just about balances.

The palate opens with the wood, in its coffee’d, tannic, sherried glory. Hints of spice, tobacco and herbas follows. The sherry becomes quite grapey and PX-like on the middle and a little grainy dried fruit can be detected before the sherry returns on the finish. It’s pretty linear, but really entertaining.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Strathclyde 2005 (11 year old) 55.5%

Sherry Butt/ Code: OLD0478/ Dist: Nov 2005 Btl: Aug 2017/ Tasted: Sept 2017

Rich, spicy and sherried nose with the crisp graininess scything through. Hints of treacle, tar, wood smoke and liquorice follow. With time the smoke develops into an almost burnt scrub-like character, al la Balcones Brimstone!

The palate shows more of the grainy dried fruit spirit character with hints of wood smoke. The sherry spices and dried fruit come through on the middle along with the alcohol and burnt scrub notes. Intense, dried fruit and smoke finish. Wow, you have got to love the primal intensity of this grain whisky!

Douglas Laing Old Particular Strathclyde 1996 (20 year old) 50.6%

Refill Barrel/ Code: OLD0317/ Dist: Apr 1996 Btl: June 2016/ Tasted: July 2016

A nose of oily lemon and fragrant oak. Hints of apple and dried fruit follow.

The palate shows a little more in the way of dried fruit along with a light grainy spirit character and oak. Simple but pleasant with a lingering dried fruit finish.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Strathclyde 1990 (25 year old) 51.5%

Code: OLD0344/ Dist: Aug 1990 Btl: Nov 2016?/ Tasted: Dec 2016

A fresh and aromatic nose of lemon, apricot and high toned dried fruit. Hints of sugared almond, earth, milk chocolate follow. the aromas darken with time as some raisinated fruit appears along with a touch of cigar smoke and very subtle oak.

The palate is fuller and rounder than the nose would suggest. More dried fruit and an almost barley sweetness. Lovely depth with a crisp spiciness at the edges. Long and slightly coconutty as the oak appears, but the finish remains relatively crisp and spicy.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Strathclyde 1990 (26 year old) 55.5%

Refill Bourbon Barrel/ Code: OLD0477/ Dist: Aug 1990 Btl: Mar 2017/ Tasted: Sept 2017

Aromas of soft, grainy dried fruit with that obvious column still crispness. Good intensity with oak coming through brining coconut, vanilla and almond notes.

Relatively straightforward but pleasantly deep on the palate with dried fruit and hints of vanilla and coconut. Subtly rummy with a gently spiced middle and a smidge of treacle and darker fruit notes. Long with the lighter sultana dried fruit and oak returning.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Strathclyde 1987 (27 year old) 51.5%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0217/ Dist: Sept 1987 Btl: July 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

Strongly balsamic aromas which almost verge on malt with dark honey and fragrant, dark dried fruit, prune and plum. Quite woody, but the tannins are very soft and add to the overall darkness of the nose. With time hints of oily raisin and sultana appear along with a touch of warm vanilla, which try to add some light.

The palate is as dark as the nose suggests with plenty of dark toffee and dark honey coated dried fruit. Again slightly malty in character with balsamic oil, sesame and walnuts mingling with the raisinated fruit. Quite woody but softly tannic with some grainy spices appearing. Beautifully intense with a long, freshening grainy finish and lingering walnut oil notes.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Strathcylde 1988 (27 year old) 57.9%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0241/ Dist: June 1988 Btl: Sept 2015/ Tasted: Oct 2015

Great nose. It’s all intense buzzy sharp grains and a whiff of almost tart lemon. Lightly dried plumy fruit, sweet spice and manuka honey appears too! With time it develops a light vanilla and polished oak note along with a slight earthiness. Beautifully balanced.

The palate is quite herbal and citric. Almost tart, like the nose but the soft vanilla and honey takes the edge off. Wonderfully grippy spices comes through plus died fruit, polished wood, vanilla and a touch of smoke. Long and slightly meaty with hints of treacle, sweet spice and bitter spice. Lightly chocolaty and dark toffee’d after-taste. Now that’s good!


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