This review has been a long time coming. Why? Because I've been savouring every last drop and because I've simply been drinking it for enjoyment rather than for review purposes. Alas the bottle is now dead.... Roll on Christmas 2015! It's a tradition because it's good!
Douglas Laing's ubiquitous blended malt always gets super charged for the festive season, it's full of Islay whiskies from the likes of Caol Ila, Bowmore, Ardbeg and even the now closed Port Ellen distillery. A superb balance of smoke and sweetness.
- ABV 55.7% vol
- Price £45
- Nose 23/25 - smoke, BBQ pork, smoked haddock, toasted brown bread.
- Taste 23/25 - salted pistachio nuts, lime sherbet sweets, chalk.
- Finish 22/25 - smoke ( obviously!!) and dirty potatoes (in a nice way!)
- Balance 22/25 - benefits from the increased ABV, easy drinking despite the ABV.
- Total 90/100