Info: “Inspired by the sea, Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster is a Small Batch bottling created using the finest maritime Malts including those distilled on the Scottish Islands of Jura, Islay, Arran and Orkney.”
Colour: Very light, hints of straw.
Nose: Peaty, mossy smoke comes tumbling out of the glass along with damp grass and barley notes, and some butter.
Palate: Slightly peppery followed by the mossy barley. It’s fairly thick in your mouth, and reasonably sweet.
Finish: The finish is a fine balance of sweet treats and a peaty smoke bonfire on a damp morning. Long and luscious.
Thoughts: Incredibly enjoyable. If you like Big Peat then this is a slight tangent, and for some probably the more accessible of the two drams. A nice accomplished blend from Douglas Laing; a real winner for a good price.
Extra: The sample came with some Guylian chocolates, the fillings slightly nutty in flavour work nicely with the maritime smoky whisky bringing out even more barley notes.
Available: The Green Welly Stop – £35.95
Thanks to Douglas Laing for the sample.