Review: Timorous Beastie 21yo & 40yo

Timorous Beastie LogoTimorous Beastie: 21 Year Old and 40 Year Old

The good folks at Douglas Laing have had Timorous Beastie in their line up for a couple of years now… Have a read of my thoughts of the original here.

Timorous Beastie is a marriage of Highland Single Malts from Dalmore, Glengoyne, Glen Garioch and Blair Athol distilleries.

What’s new is that there’s now various other special editions in the lineup to enjoy! Sadly they sold pretty much as quickly as they were released, but no matter, let’s take a look at them anyway, and if you happen to find a bottle to buy somewhere then you’ll know what treats you have in store!

Let’s take a look at the new 21 year old, and the 40 year old…

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News & PR: Lagavulin 1991 Single Cask



Concluding Lagavulin Distillery’s memorable 200th anniversary year on an alltime high, the iconic distillery announced today that an extra special single cask bottling of a 24 year old whisky will be released to deliver a lasting legacy on Islay. The extremely limited edition will see all proceeds, exceeding £0.5M, divided between seven charities on the island.

This extraordinary whisky will enrich everyone lucky enough to purchase a bottle, both through the quality of the whisky and the knowledge that their action is giving back to the very place this was created in.

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Review: Glenfiddich IPA

Glenfiddich IPAGlenfiddich Experimental Series – IPA Cask Finish – 43% abv

Info: Since at least 2009, Grant’s has had their “Cask Editions – Ale Cask Finish” offering. Now Glenfiddich (the same company as Grant’s) has what they describe as “The first experiment of its kind. Malt Master Brian Kinsman collaborated with Seb Jones, an entrepreneurial Speyside brewer, to create a new craft IPA and pioneer the way for a new kind of single malt scotch whisky”. Hopefully the previous 7 years of experience has helped them in this experiment, let’s see…
Colour: Clear and bright gold.
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Review: BenRiach 22yo Moscatel

benriach 22 year old moscatel wood finish whiskyBenRiach 22yo Moscatel – 46% abv

Info: The BenRiach 22yo Moscatel was originally matured in American bourbon barrels before being finished in Moscatel wine casks from Portugal and Spain. Non chill filtered, natural colour, 46% abv.
Colour: Rusty dark gold with red tints.
Nose: A nice lively nose with lots of fruity flavours, some spirit notes and hints of oaky cask wood. The fruits are like mushed down autumn fruits with a dollop of chantilly cream. With some air, further rich notes of orange marmalade and fig come through.
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Review: GlenDronach 25yo Grandeur Batch 8

GlenDronach 25yo Grandeur Batch 8GlenDronach 25yo Grandeur Batch 8 – 50.5% abv

Info: Matured for 25 years in Oloroso Sherry casks. 1,505 bottles, 50.5% abv.
Colour: Deep, rich, dark, winter sherry fruits.
Nose: Like the colour, the nose is deep and dark, jam packed with winter sherry fruits, berries, malt and brown sugar caramels. Old fashioned, vintage whisky.
Palate: Lovely thick and oily, your palate is covered in gently sweet whisky flavours, which isn’t spice dominated, rather it’s bolstered by gentle spices to elevate the whole thing to a higher level. There’s a herbal nature at the middle of the dram followed by older antique oaks at the back to balance things out.
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Review: GlenDronach 14yo Marsala

GlenDronach 14yo MarsalaGlenDronach 14yo Marsala – 46% abv

Info: This GlenDronach 14yo Marsala single malt is finished in casks which previously held Marsala wine.
Colour: Golden with deep yellow tints.
Nose: There’s what I’d call a proper nose going on here, something really full of flavours which keep you wanting to smell for ages. There’s plenty of sweet malt, backed up by sweet fruits, summery grapes and Cantaloupe melons, all with the backing of something properly matured in dunnage warehouses.
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Review: Teeling Port Cask

Teeling Port CaskTeeling 2002/2015 Single Cask – 54.2% abv

Info: Teeling Port Cask is a Single Cask, #902.
Colour: Light and bright with salmon pink hues.
Nose: Bubble Gum fruits, gooseberries, stewed fruits and apples.
Palate: Barley followed by sweetness from the stewed fruits. Warmth from the higher abv, and a nice amount of oils over your mouth.
Finish: Fresh, tropical, medium sweetness and fruits. Long lasting!
Thoughts: Yummy stuff. I’ve not had too much Teeling, but what I have had has always been great. Nice puff of cask char at the end!
Available: Probably long gone, around €60 originally.

Thanks to whoever gave me the sample (really sorry I’ve forgotten who?!).

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