Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Sherry butt
Added coloring: No
Owner: Douglas Laing & Co.
Average price: € 130.00
Official website: www.douglaslaing.com
The Old Particular series from volcanic bottler Douglas Laing features only single casks, both malt and grain, carefully selected and bottled in their natural state, therefore cask strength and no colouring or chillfiltration.
The colour on the label indicates the region of origin, with green for the Lowlands, red for Speyside, purple for the Highlands and blue for the islands. Campbeltown gets neutral tones, while single grain is identified with black.
Within the series, there are limited editions called The Elements Series, four bottlings each paying homage to an element (fire, air, water, earth) among those that have contributed to creating the whisky.
Here we find ourselves with a red label, a Glenrothes distilled in September 2005 and bottled in November this year, producing 169 cask strength bottles in an elegant Christmas edition.
Garnet in the glass, bright and beautiful.
A profusion of red fruits on the nose, with sour cherries and raspberries chasing figs, dates and ripe melon, generously dusted with cinnamon and cloves. Candied orange dipped in sandalwood oil and smeared on leather. The aromas become pungent, with the alcohol itching the nostrils. Sweet and rough at the same time.
The mouthfeel is marbled and exuberant, with a spice that is present but not excessive (ginger, cinnamon, cloves), warming the palate like a mulled wine with a delicious persistence of red fruits and orange, impressions of hot chocolate, freshly cut wood, leather.
Long, warm finish of dried fruits, orange, chocolate, wood, spices.
A truly Christmassy whisky, as the name suggests, full and invigorating, to be sipped by the fireplace or a blazing fire (the cooker is fine too), while the children gut the presents and you can indulge in a few moments of abstraction…
Reviews of Glenrothes whisky n the blog:
Cadenhead’s Glenrothes 1997 20yo Small Batch
Dràm Mòr Glenrothes 9yo Moscatel Finish
Dràm Mòr Glenrothes 9yo Spanish Red Wine Finish
Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve
Milano Whisky Company Glenrothes 11yo
Reviews of Douglas Laing whisky in the blog:
Big Peat 10yo
Big Peat 33yo Cognac & Sherry Finish
Big Peat Christmas Edition 2020
Big Peat Small Batch
Old Malt Cask Ardbeg 1991 (13yo)
Timorous Beastie 12yo
Timorous Beastie 18yo The Winter Edition