Today I am mixing things up a bit. I am publishing tasting notes for 2 whiskies. Both interesting and both from the independent bottler and blender Douglas Laing. Douglas Laing is responsible for some of the more fascinating blends around. Blends like Scallywag with the cute little terrier, Big Peat and Clan Denny. Keep on reading, there is a VERY SPECIAL GIVEAWAY at the bottom of the post.
I just love the labeling on the bottles. Douglas Laing moved away from standard
bland classical labeling to wonderful expressive faces and pictures on their labels. What makes this tastings so special is that I had the opportunity to share this tour of the Highlands and Islands with some wonderful blogging friends on Twitter. Together we tasted both the Timorous Beastie and Rock Oyster from Douglas Laing.
The friends included:
- Roelia (BoozyFoodie) who blogs about recipes and her dining exploits over at Social Savage
- Lara ( Jozifoodwhore) who blogs about food and events over on Jozi Food Whore
- Melissa (Melissa Javan) who has a blog all about personal finance and entrepreneurship on Mel’s Postbox
- Jacqui (OneMessyMama) who blogs all about her busy family life and kids over on One Messy Mama
I wrote more about the company Douglas Laing HERE. Quite a few of their expressions are now available in South Africa. The Douglas Laing range includes The Epicurean, Timorous Beastie, Scallywag, Rock Oyster and Big Peat. The releases are available via Norman Goodfellows and other well stocked liquor stores.
First up for tasting was …
Douglas LaingTimorous Beastie
Timorous Beastie is a Highland Blended Malt, featuring a timid little Field Mouse on the label. It pays homage to Robert Burns’ famous Scots poem, ‘To a Mouse’. The Timorous Beastie is a blend of Highland single malts including whisky from Glen Garioch, Glengoyne, Dalmore and Blair Athol Distilleries. It is bottled at 46.6%. Timorous Beastie is a non-chill filtered blended malt. How endearing is the label done in black and white with the little field mouse just peeping through?
NOSE: Honey, fresh cut grass and herbs, fruits, grapes, apples, hints of oak, sherry and liquorish.
For me, the crisp apple flavour is still dominating (very enjoyable), with hints of lemon that come through as you keep sipping. I rate it as very good, and a lovely whisky to always have around for the post-work wind-down.#NGFTT #TimorousBeastie https://t.co/9PA2f2eqPI
— Jozi Food Whore (@jozifoodwhore) January 26, 2018
PALATE: Honey sweetness with crisp green Granny Smith apples, green peppers, fennel, oak with fresh cut grass and hints of oak. Bits of malt. black pepper and smoke. Rich and delicious.
FINISH: Sweet and rich with notes of oak, honey and malt.
The Douglas Laing Timorous Beastie is big and bold – this is no shrinking little field mouse.
— Melissa Javan (@melissa_nel) January 26, 2018
Melissa asked me what food she can pair her Timorous Beastie with? Best will be a cheese board with some mature cheddar, fruit chutney and fresh grapes.
Douglas Laing Rock Oyster
Rock Oyster is blend of Island malts, combining a selection of ‘maritime’ single malts distilled on Islay, Arran, Jura and Orkney. It was first released in 2015 and is a non-chill filtered vatted malt. The label is more reminiscent of the ocean, done with an oyster and a pearl in a blue and gold. It is bottled at 46.8% ABV and non chill filtered.
NOSE: Burning driftwood, medicinal and salty, ash and brine with hints of fresh fruit. Peat, smoke with herbal notes. Like a fresh salty ocean.
PALATE: Peat, smoke hints of vanilla, caramel, honey, bits of pepper, with bits of saltines, medicinal notes and oak. “Comforting and magestic “oldness””
— One Messy Mama (@onemessymama4) January 26, 2018
FINISH: Like a soft sea breeze filled with salt and hints of adventure. Sweet balanced with peatiness and bits of fresh fruit.
If I must choose a favourite, it will be the #RockOyster! Sea breeze and smoky peat – ticking all the boxes for me! #NGFTT @WhiskyoftheWeek @jozifoodwhore @melissa_nel @onemessymama4 🥃 pic.twitter.com/DpYeGGi6a0
— Roelia 🍷 (@Boozy_Foodie) January 26, 2018
If you want to see more comments on this Twitter Tasting, look for the #NGFTT on twitter. We had a whole lot of fun.
I HAVE 2 BOTTLES TO GIVEAWAY! – CLOSED
Stand a chance to win 2 bottles of Limited Edition Douglas Laing whisky! The prize include the Rock Oyster 18 yo and the Timorous Beastie 18 yo. Both Limited Editions made with whisky aged for at least 18 years. Combined value is around R3000.
Terms and Conditions
- The prize of 2 bottles of Douglas Laing whisky will go to the first valid entry selected after the closing date.
- Only Rafflecopter entries are eligible to win.
- Entries will only be valid if ALL the defined steps are followed.
- The winner will be notified by email within 5 days of the competition closing date.
- The winner has 7 days to accept their prize, from date of email notification.
- Should the winner not respond within 7 days, another winner will be drawn.
- Judges decision is final.
- The prize is not transferable and can not be exchanged for cash.
- By entering, you confirm that are you over 18 years old and a resident of South Africa.
- Prize will be delivered to the winner by Norman Goodfellows. It is the winners’ responsibility to ensure they have a valid delivery address.