Hunter Laing Tasting Notes

Posted: August 11, 2015 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Unspecified Scottish Single Malts

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Speysides Finest 1986 (28 year old) 48%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2458/ Dist: Nov 1986 Btl: Mar 2015/ Tasted: Apr 2015

A dusty nose of mature spices, malt, earth, digestive biscuit, vanilla and a touch of shortbread. The cask adds notes of raisin and prune but the biscuity notes begin to dominate although a touch of green apple attempts to freshen the aromas.

The palate opens with vanilla toffee and malt along with hints of treacle and baked fruit. A touch of lightly bitter spice appears on the middle. Long with lingering toffee, naked fruit and malt. Pleasant if a little simplistic.


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Nice ‘N’ Peaty 2006 (10 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0197/ Dist: Mar 2006 Btl: Sept 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

Young and feinty, possibly Ledaig with dusty peat and non sherried sulphur, iron and manure notes. late medicinal peat note but this is barley out of its nappy!

The palate is a little watery with some ‘off the still’ oiliness and feintiness. Nascent peat build reasonably well but the finish is short with the ‘off the still’ notes lingering. Far too young, but it has a pleasant peppery after-taste.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Nice & Peaty 2006 (10 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: HEP /Dist: Mar 2006 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

Manuery and loamy with a non-sherry sulphur and brimstone nose! Hints of earthy Highland peat and cardboard.

The palate is cardboardy, but not as heavily and sulphured as the nose would suggest. Hints of apricot, peat and earth follow. Good length with lingering dry peat.


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