Douglas Laing OLD MALT CASK, OLD AND RAREs,PREMIER BARREL, DOUBLE BARREL & ADVANCE SAMPLES for June 2012 – Scotch Whisky News

1 June 2012 

Dear Client 

This month we have a wide ranging selection of five (5) different OLD MALT CASK bottlings – two (2) OLD AND RAREs – not forgetting two (2) from PREMIER BARREL,  one (1) DOUBLE BARREL together with six (6) ADVANCE SAMPLES

Tasting Notes for OLD MALT CASK

OMC2162 GLENLIVET SHERRY 16 YEARS

NOSE:     Sweetly spiced + runs to a dark chocolate character + tobacco
PALATE:                 Opens with a nuts & dried fruit style + a flamed orange zest quality
FINISH:   Now runs drier carrying a polished oak character + rich tannins (J) 

OMC2166 DAILUAINE 15 YEARS

NOSE:     Clean – runs to a sweet, buttery character + home baked style
PALATE: Opens sweetly carrying a vanilla tablet quality + sweet spices
FINISH:   Long, very mellow, still softly spiced + a gentle oak tang (J) 

OMC2167 AUCHENTOSHAN 14 YEARS

NOSE:     Clean & fresh + a sweet creamy character + a dusting of cocoa
PALATE:                 Carries sweet ripe fruits + crushed sugar + a gentle citric quality
FINISH:   Still sweet – now softly spiced + an attractive orange pith style (J) 

OMC2178 LAPHROAIG 11 YEARS

Nose:    Opens with oily rags + soot – then – sweet barley & sweet peat.

Palate:  A feisty big ashyIslay– astringent – tarry & sooty in style.

Finish:   Wamingly spiced with liquorice then more (damp bonfire) ash.  (F) 

OMC2180 TAMNAVULIN 25 YEARS

Nose:      Clean, gristy – soft citric now + “old linen cupboards”.

Palate:    Still clean – zesty – ever so lightly peated + sweet barley.

Finish:    Softly camphor in style + liquorice, more barley & spice.  (F)

The 6 Advance Samples are as follows: 

SMC0417  Speyburn 7 YEARS

SMC0415 Balmenach 9 YEARS

SMC0421 Jura 9 YEARS

SMC0414 Dailuaine  Sherry 12 YEARS

SMC0413 Glen Moray 12 YEARS

SMC0419 Inchgower 12 YEARS 

Tasting Notes for PREMIER BARREL

PBR0113 CRAIGELLACHIE SHERRY 12 YEARS

A celestially cracking Craigellachie!…. choc-a-bloc with capricious citrus testifying to a titillatingly tantalising tally of transfixing toffee’d  taste . (F) 

PBR0114 LAPHROAIG 11 YEARS

Love liberally this luminary – this lustrous, laudatory lusty Laphroaig and extol its enchantingly efficacious earthy extracting with its mystifying manifestation of maritime mirth and merriment.  (F) 

Tasting Notes follow here  for OLD AND RARE 

OAR0171  BOWMORE 25 YEARS

Vanilla toffee and chocolate marry with softly smoking peat – morphing into cedar-cigar boxes – hairdressing, liquorice, mothballs? and ozone.  The palate is maritime (big time!) with a salty briny style – rather “different” –  aged and softened  by oak, barley (sugar) and liquorice.  The finish is more phenolic now with ginger plus mixed spice, aniseed and seaweed (F) 

OAR0168 PORT ELLEN 30 YEARS

Salty, briny and oceanic fresh on the nose initially – it then warms to a soft leather armchair style with later citric tones.  Palatewise it is spicy – still maritime plus a soft peated character which develops the longer it is held and “chewed”.  The finish is lightly ashed – still somewhat phenolic and gently smoked.  (F) 

DOUBLE BARREL Tasting Note: 

DBS0035 ARDBEG/GLENROTHES – 7th RELEASE 

NOSE:     Opens with sweet spices and a floral character from the GLENROTHES and runs to toffee, burnt sugar and cigar ashes delivered by the ARDBEG

PALATE: The palate evolves from GLENROTHES with a mellow, sweetly spiced character to peat smoke, creosote and tar coming from the ARDBEG

FINISH:   Here the ARDBEG lingers with damp ashes, tar and peat smoke softened by the toffee character from the GLENROTHES 

Just as these are enjoyable Tasting Notes to write – so we hope they are of interest and validity to you when reviewing stock requirements.  We believe this month we have offered you a truly wide range of noses/palates and finishes which will intrigue you and your clientele.  We hope to be of service to you and look forward to hearing from you after review.  

Yours faithfully 

Fred H Laing

Managing Director

www.douglaslaing.com

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