This is the latest exciting Malted blend release from the Douglas Laing camp. Following in the footsteps of Big Peat (Islay), Scallywag (Speyside) and Timorous Beastie (Highlands), comes Rock Oyster, a malt blend of whiskies from the Islands of Scotland. I can’t bear to hanging around to say more. Let’s taste.
Initial thoughts of salted caramel. Some iodine. Some tcp. Light smoke. Sea air. Seaweed. Shellfish (I don’t wanna say oyster, but!). There’s a youth in the nose, but it carries very nicely giving a fresh airiness to the experience. Heather. Earth. Moss. Sweet wet grass. Really fresh, coastal and airy! In the way that it transports me to the south coast! Lovely lovely stuff.
The arrival is sweet and salty. Sugared and salted popcorn. Development moves into sweet peat, earthy moss, all the time remaining very crisp and clean. Lots of runny caramel, salt and sugar. Development then gets more peat sweet, with grass and hay notes. Clean and crisp. A lovely oily mouthfeel! Beautiful.
Medium to long length finish. Sweet peat smoke, light ash. Caramel, salt sugar. Touches of popcorn. Lovely stuff. Really easily drinkable.
Not got much left, so the slightest drop. The nose now has more smokey spice. The maritime notes haven’t been touched, but we have some added heather honey to the mix. The palate is slightly biased towards the sweetness now. But still sea sir goodness through and through. The finish is salted sweet caramel goodness.
Fantastic stuff. Fans of Islay and island maritime drama will adore this (as I do). An exceptionally constructed and drinkable dram. Fresh, complex and tasty. Love it. Highly recommended to those who love their drams salty and earthy.
Thanks to Douglas Laing Co. for the review sample.