Old Particular Glenrothes 12 Year Old (Douglas Laing) Review

Back to normal programming after recovering from the summer vacation and reviving the computer and phone who died while on vacation and so we continue with a few more Douglas Laing whiskies that reached our shores. The youngsters single malts were reviewed and now we move up to the older Old Particular single malts, starting with a Glenrothes 12 Year Old that was distilled 2005, matured until March 2017 in a sherry butt that yielded 402 bottles.

Old Particular Glenrothes 12 Year Old (48.8%, DL11601, €78.75/330NIS)

Nose: Starts with porridge along with a big and velvety sherry spices wave, then unsweetened dried fruit, gentle sulphur, lots of chocolate and the smell of an empty espresso cup (after you drink one of course). After a while it gets sweeter and fruitier with strawberries and raspberries, it becomes more nutty along with some sharp spiciness.

Palate: Chocolate, mildly bitter espresso, pepper, oak spices, malt, then sherry spices with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet dried fruit and then goes back a full circle to chocolate and espresso.

Finish: Medium length, lingering spices, dark chocolate and espresso and gentle bitter oak spices.

Thoughts: This is a good sherry bomb. Mind you, it’s not a huge sherried monster like Aberlour A’bunadh (especially with this strength), but it delivers a great balance of sherry spices and fruitiness (with a focus on the spices side) in a easy accessible and drinkable whisky.

(Official sample provided by Sipil, IL Douglas Laing Importer)

 

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