Douglas Laing Glen Moray Tasting Notes

Posted: August 26, 2015 in Glen Moray, Scotch Whisky A-G

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Moray 1999 (14 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLP0053/ Dist: Jun 1999 Btl: Apr 2015/ Tasted: May 2015

The nose is a little subdued with oily barley and hints of dried fruit. Sweet and herbal with a late creamy vanilla and butterscotch note.

The palate is a little tart and citric with hints of barley and honey. A touch of vanilla and sharp spices come through on the middle. Long, exceedingly herbal finish with some green fruit and lightly bittering oak.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Moray 1999 (15 year old) 48.4%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0135/ Dist: Jun 1999 Btl: Aug 2014/ Tasted: Jun 2015

Quite gristy aromas with curry spice, Bourbony oak and a little hard barley. Hints of toasted toffee plus almost re-fill sherry like herbal notes, which begin to dominate.

The palate is lightly oiled and very herbal with gritty oak tannins and vanilla. A touch of barley and citrus appears on the middle but like the nose the hrbal notes dominate. Long and very spicy with coffee, milk chocolate and vanilla.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Moray 1995 (20 year old) 51.5%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0226/ Dist: Mar 1995 Btl: Aug 2015/ Tasted: Sept 2015

A heavy barley nose with hints of pollen heavy flowers, apricot and honey. The aromas become quite oily with just a smidge of toffee and honeycomb. Deep and juicy with a faint mineral freshness.

The palate is full and barley’d but shot through by a delightful seam of citrus. Dusty oak and toffee notes appear along with honey and thick apricot. Long and slightly grassy with lime powering through. A lovely balance of freshness and maturity.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glen Moray 1991 (25 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD455/ DL11831

Dist: Oct 1991 Btl: Jun 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

A light and elegant nose of herbal barley, thyme and mint. It becomes quite mineral and citric with time and the herbal notes develop into a nettley/ grassy character. The American oak sits subtly in the background allowing the mature and vibrant spirit character to shine.

The palate opens with more honey, creamy oak and oily barley, giving it a fuller feeling. It’s still quite herbal and grassy and there is a lovely citric burst on the middle. Lovely vibrant and citric finish with a subtle spice intimation and lingering dark chocolatey wood notes. Oooh! That’s magnificent!


Douglas Laing Provenance Glen Moray 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Very Refilled Bourbon Hogshead.!/ Code: PRV1267/ Dist: Jun 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: May 2017

A slightly feinty nose with hints of digestive biscuit, crisp, white fruit, sweet barley and white liquorice. There is no oak character at all, which is not a surprise given its extremely light colour.

The palate opens with some subtle barley and a touch of bubblegummy white fruit. Like the nose it is a little feinty with biscuity, young, spirit notes. Short and spicy with a suggestion of Tequila-like pepper.

Douglas Laing Provenance Glen Moray 2004 (12 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1268/DL11622

Dist: May 2004 Btl: Feb 2017/ Tasted: Apr 2017

Subtle (or insubstantial?) and quite grainy aromas with hints of white fruit, sweet peach and faint toffee.

The palate is very subtle and a little sugary with hints of barley and white fruit. Simple and linear with developing heather, grass and slightly bitter spice on the finish. Although the start is a little uninspiring it picks up well towards the end.

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