Hunter Laing Dumbarton Tasting Notes

Posted: August 29, 2015 in Dumbarton, Scottish Grain Whisky

Hunter Laing Sovereign Dumbarton 1987 (29 year old) 54.7%

Code: SOV2098/ HL13049

Dist Mar 1987 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

Rich and dark on the nose with treacle coated raisinated fruit and spice. Quite chocolaty with desiccated coconut, vanilla cheesecake and sweet spices.

The palate is rich, dark and creamy with an almost malty edge. Milk chocolate coated raisins with a touch of sultana, citrus peel, vanilla and coconut on the middle. Long and spicy with lingering coconut, treacle, vanilla and slightly bitter spices. Superb intensity and balance.

Hunter Laing Sovereign Dumbarton 1987 (30 year old) 50.2%

Code: SOV2118/ Dist: Mar 1987 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

A superbly rich and succulent nose of mature oak and plenty of sultana, dried grape and apricot, liberally coated in syrup. Subtle column still spices nip and balances the oak. Late hints of coconut, toffee and charred oak.

The palate is lithe and elegant with lightly dried fruit and hints of citrus rind, cinnamon and coconut. Very full and soft with developing succulent raisinated fruit. Excellent depth with lingering slightly coffee’d oak, dark chocolate and wood spice.

Hunter Laing Sovereign Grain Dumbarton 1964 (50 year old) 49.1%

Bourbon/ Code: SOV2058/ Dist: Dec 1964 Btl: May 2015/ Tasted: Jun 2015

Quite a dark nose of treacle, mature wood spice and fudge. Dark, almost rum-like prune, date and raisin with a lovely, pure, creamy, lightly perfumed vanilla oak note adding lightness to the shade, so to speak. Subtle but luscious honey emerges along with a touch of sweet orange and spice.

The palate is dark and sweet. Molasses and treacle mingle with dried prune raisin and hints of almond. Some grippy grain and the alcohol add freshness as the mature wood spices, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg develop. Very long with the grain continuing to freshen and take the edge off the sweetness. Delightful, softly smoked and meaty after-taste. A gorgeous old whisky!


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