Rock Oyster 18 Year Old Review

A quick review for Sunday as you’re either slumbering as part of your weekend rituals or you’re swamped with work after getting back to work. Either way, here’s something real nice to end/start the week – a review of Rock Oyster 18 Year Old.

Rock Oyster 18 is a limited edition in the Islands blended malts series from Douglas Laing. It was released along with Timorous Beastie 18 (reviewed here) and it contains whiskies from Arran, Orkney, Jura and Islay. As usual it’s non chill-filtered and without colouring.

Rock Oyster 18 Year Old (46.8%, £72.50/€76,99)

Nose: Soft, starting with salt, meat, seaweed, honey and then then peat and bonfire smoke, a bit of tar, very maritime!

Palate: Big front of peat. There’s meat, ashes, salt, minerals, seaweed again, somewhat green with apples and melons, a farmy edge. There’s honey and pepper, crisp and semi dry, good stuff!

Finish: Medium long length, lingering sweet honey, green fruit, lemon and gentle peat dryness.

Thoughts: I love the standard Rock Oyster and the punchier Cask Strength version but this 18 year old expression is better. It’s tasty, there’s depth and it delivers a maritime whisky with a beach party going on and green fruitiness for dessert. Liked it a lot!


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