.timorous beastie - 40yo - douglas laing


Douglas Laing have a great series of blended malts available, The Bold Islay vatting Big Peat, the Maritime Rock Oyster, the rich and fruity Speysider Scallywag, and the poetic Highland vattig Timorous Beastie. From the latter, they have released a 40 years old version, of which the last dram in the bottle was donated to the Mrs by Belgian redhead Viking and Douglas Laing Ambassador Jan Beckers during our Saturday dinner at Maltstock 2016.

54.7% abv, €200
blended malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: sweet, honey, honeycomb, cereals, fruit, mango, berries, blackcurrant

Palate: spicy, a hint of cinnamon and allspice, sweet, honeycomb, cereals, floral, rose-hip, berries, raspberries, sweet ripe strawberries, blackcurrant
Finish: medium long, sweet, berries, blackcurrant, floral, rosebuds, rose-hip
Mark: +++++ 

Conclusion: She is balanced alright. Balanced like an Olympic gymnast on the balance beam. Like a dubbeltje on its side. A pyramid on its tip. She's ridiculous. Other than that, I can say she's good, very quaffable, and for a 40 year old (blended) malt, for today's pricing, very good value for money.

More info: Too bad there are only 1080 bottles available world wide...

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