In the company of Big Peat, Scallywag and Timorous Beastie, Douglas Laing now has released a new Blended Malt in the shape of Rock Oyster. Comprised of malts from the isles of Orkney, Arran, Islay and Jura amongst others, she is named in honour of the sea and the maritime peppery saltiness it imparts to the whisky.
46.8% abv, €50, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour
Nose: young (the scent of new make), sweet, citrus, pomelo, grapefruit, a hint of smoke, liquorice
Palate: warm, sweet, honey, floral, honeysuckle, liquorice
Finish: slight dry, a hint of smoke, rather short
An OK dram. Personally, I quite like the scent and taste of new make spirit, but I can imagine some people disliking her for the scent. Otherwise, she is exactly what one can expect from a blended malt, although the pricetag is a bit steep.
the sample was kindly provided to us by Douglas Laing, as part of the #RockOyster twitter tasting