Douglas Laing

The Epicurean

Small Batch Release

ABV 46.2%
REVIEWED Issue 137
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Brand: The Epicurean, Douglas Laing
Expression: Small Batch Release
Type: Scotland Whisky / Blended Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2016
ABV: 46.2%
Country/Region: Scotland / Lowland
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Tasting notes
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Fresh and citric with tropical melon, apricot, cream soda and an almost American hop-like note. The fruit becomes fleshy, earthy and manurey.
Palate: Tart, granulated sugar coated citrus and pear. Lightly bubblegummy and mineral. Lacking in oak but that means it stays wonderfully fresh. Water makes it fleshier and more honeyed.
Finish: Long, citric and minerally with lingering fruit and a little bittering from the oak.
Comment: A lovely, weighty Lowland malt, which reminds me of Littlemill.
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: A thin nose of cheap vanilla ice cream and sweetened whipped cream with hints of lemon drops and candy canes. Some fresh mint and sweet sugar notes.
Palate: As thin as the nose with some really bitter notes from the oak. Fresh lime and some coal dust/char appear; with some water it gets sweeter and more bitter.
Finish: More bitterness from the oak, like over-brewed tea.
Comment: I think this could have worked better with some grain thrown in.
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