Douglas Laing Tasting Notes

Posted: August 29, 2015 in Blended Scotch Whisky, Blended Whisky

Douglas Laing Syndicate 12 year old Blended Scotch 40%

Code: SYN001/ Tasted: Jun 2015

Intense, gritty oak tannins and vanilla on the nose with hints of oxidised fruit and big, Bourbony notes. Damn, this is a serious oak monster with late grainy coffee’d spices.

No surprises as the palate mirrors the nose with plenty of toffee’d/ coffee’d oak, gritty vanillins and dried, oxidised fruit. Very oak dominated. Medium length with the dried fruit and light wood spice lingering.

Douglas Laing Syndicate 58/6 12 year old 40%

Tasted: Mar 2016

Nose: Crisp almost tart citrus, crunchy barley and minerals to begin with. Lightly honeyed, tropical honeydew melon and dusty American oak add body and weight. Late hints of coffee and herbal grain.

Palate: Crisp, mineral and citric. Quite a bracing character but it fleshes out when the mature fruit and oak arrive. Hints of coffee, dried fruit and malt on the middle.

Finish: Good length, if a little dry and austere with lingering grain, dusty spice, citrus and mineral notes.

Conclusion: Ooh, now that has a beautiful palate cleansing finish!

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