Rock Oyster Cask Strength – Douglas Laing – 57.4% abv
Info: Contains Island malts, including those from Islay, Arran, Orkney and Jura. No colouring or chill-filtration.
Colour: Light straw, nice and honest.
Nose: Sweet and punchy barley spirit with nicely present, but gentle peat. Some younger distillery notes poking out which help to round the dram into something great.
Palate: Thick and oily, but quite easy on your tongue considering the high strength. It’s sweet, lightly peaty, some burning embers, and some green berries.
Finish: A finish that builds and builds, a really fresh almost eucalyptusy thing, leading into a sweet ending with just enough hints of peat to keep it going for ages.
Thoughts: I’ve always loved the Rock Oyster blend from Douglas Laing… having it now in full strength is a fantastic thing, and one I would rather recommend! It leaves you feeling like you’re on a beach at the evening’s end with a dying log fire with warm glowing embers.
Available: Your favourite retailer, or directly from Douglas Laing for £50.
Thanks to Douglas Laing for the sample.