Douglas Laing Springbank Tasting Notes

Posted: December 29, 2015 in Scotch Whisky H-Z, Springbank

Douglas Laing Xtra Old Particular Springbank 1995 (21 year old) 54.8%

Refill Butt/ Code: XOP0067/ DL11366

Dist: June 1995 Btl: Aug 2016/ Tasted: Sept 2016

A tarry and spicy nose with plenty of classic, gritty Oloroso and fish oils. Subtly earthy-peat follows along with a phethora of mature, pruney fruit, walnut and beautifully, velvety mature, dusty oak notes. Wow! It reeks of maturity in the classic old Springbank way. With time hints of liquorice, treacle, dark chocolate, warming spice and chocolaty tannins emerge.

The palate is mature and luscious with prunes, raisin and walnut to begin with. Again some gritty tannins appear along with dried citrus, earth, violets and dusty oak. Very malty on the middle with a touch of vanilla, creosote and dark chocolate. Long and spicy with the gritty tannins balanced by the stunning depth of dried Springer fruit augmented by a touch of Bowmore-esque parma violets.


Douglas Laing Old Particular Springbank 1996 (18 year old) 48.4%

Refill Butt/ Code: OLD0192/ Dist: Oct 1996 Btl: Sept 2015/ Tasted: Oct 2015

A lovely nose. Lightly oiled barley and sub-tropical fruit – melon, apricot, and guava. Wow! That’s fruity for a springer! And almost perfumed! Hints of earthy peat, fish oils, light medicinal herbs, lime, granulated sugar and lovely, fragrant/ grainy oak.

The palate is as fruity as the nose but not as tropical. More creamy oak and barley with a light saltiness, fish oils and oily peat. Lovely intensity and grippy oak on the middle, but the spirit balances superbly. Slightly bitter spice finish with lingering soft tannins, fish oils and light coffee. A superb bottling!


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