Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon hogshead refill
Added coloring: No
Owner: Douglas Laing & Co.
Average price: € 90.00
Official website: www.douglaslaing.com
Another single cask made by Douglas Laing, chosen from a distillery we don’t hear much about.
Founded in 1972 near a water source, Dorie’s Well, discovered not long before by Justerini & Brooks, who used it initially to experiment with a distillate of Glen Spey. Satisfied with the result, they built Auchroisk, which began production in 1974, with the whisky used for the well-known J&B blended spirit.
We had to wait four years for the first official bottling, which changed its name to The Singleton in 1986 to avoid pronunciation errors, but then retraced its steps (we are now under Diageo management) and in 2001 released the first Auchroisk in the Flora&Fauna version, followed by rare special editions.
This is one of the many distilleries that work to supply the blends of their parent companies, but thanks to the many independent bottlers it still manages to shine in its own light.
And so here is this single cask version from Douglas Laing, at the fixed alcohol content of 48.4%ABV as is customary for ageing in this category in the Old Particular series, with an August 2000 distillate that filled 297 bottles in September 2018.
There is another version, earlier but similar in every way, with 1994 distillate bottled in 2013.
The nose is loaded with nuts (almonds, walnuts), pleasantly oily and with touches of very soft wax. And it’s precisely the softness and silkiness that are the distinguishing features of the aromas, with vanilla, a whiff of cinnamon, peach, honey and a light herbaceous layer in the background, with balsamic evocations. Elegant.
In the mouth, it accompanies a light but decisive spicy charge (pepper, cinnamon) with a full, oily and more fruity body, of apple, peach, pineapple and apricot, with a strong presence of nuts and a touch of aniseed. Honey, vanilla, impression of tobacco and a touch of malt.
Quite long finish with balsamic brush strokes on malt, dried fruit, apple, cinnamon.
An elegant whisky that doesn’t kick and scream but glides through the senses with firm composure and sinuosity, round and smooth.
A very pleasant and relaxing dram.
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)
Old Particular The Christmas Edition 2005
Timorous Beastie 12yo
Timorous Beastie 18yo The Winter Edition