Rock Oyster

Rock Oyster

  • Independent Bottler: Douglas Laing
  • Age: No age statement 
  • ABV 46.8%
  • Bottle size: 70 cl
  • Price: £40
  • Nose 20/25 - whispy mild smoke not a raging campfire
  • Taste 23/25 - sweet, salty brine with a citrus twang and a twist of pepper
  • Finish 20/25 - given what is a fairly generous ABV its a mid length finish, you'd want to drink it later in the evening.
  • Balance 22/25 - I lift my hat to Douglas Laing once again Fred, Cara and Jan know how to construct a great Vatted Malt
  • Total 85 /100

Douglas Laing's Rock Oyster is a small batch bottling created using malts including those distilled on the Islands of Jura, Islay, Arran and Orkney.  It's bottled at 46.8% ABV without colouring or chill-filtration.

Oak Cross

  • Independent Bottler: Compass Box
  • ABV 43 %
  • Bottle size: 70 cl
  • Price: £ 38
  • Nose 20/25 - vanilla ice ream, honey and lemon. Quite light weight with a hint of green apple. Very distant mild gingerbread, you'd be excused for thinking this was a grain rather than a malt.
  • Taste 21 /25 - as light as the nose but spicer, still sweet but a sort of roibos tea tannin in the background as well as some fruity dried fig.
  • Finish 20 /25 - remains sweet, loads of oak, here at last you get the malt pushing through. Relatively short.
  • Balance 23 /25 - this is where John Glaser's expert blending shines, he has a deft touch.
  • Total 84 /100