Incoming Whisky – Timorous Beastie 40 year old

This is somewhat of an exciting release! It’s not very often that affordable 40 year old anything comes out in the whisky world. But this blended highland malt from Douglas Laing is retailing at under £200. I am very much looking forward to trying this one! Cask strength. No colouring.  Non chill filtered. 😀😀😀


Douglas Laing Reveals a Highland Beast


Limited Edition Highland Malt Scotch Whisky

World Whiskies’ Awards “Brand Innovators of the Year 2016”, Douglas Laing & Co. today proudly unveil Timorous Beastie 40 Years Old Limited Edition Highland Malt Scotch Whisky. Just 1,080 bottles of this aged, Highland “Vatted” Malt exist globally which is bottled at a natural cask strength of 54.7%.  

Packaged in a striking black and gold-foiled gift tube, the new Limited Edition is a first for Timorous Beastie, a now-prevalent brand that first launched in 2014. In line with the Douglas Laing family philosophy, Timorous Beastie 40 Years Old is proudly without colouring or chill-filtration. 

Commenting on the Remarkable Regional Malts’ latest innovation, Cara Laing, Director of Whisky, said:

After 40 long years of maturation, we truly believe that this refined, complex dram is a masterpiece of exceptional quality – a super-charged edition of our much-loved Timorous Beastie!

Whilst there are little more than 1,000 bottles available, Douglas Laing will offer this precious liquid to as many Scotch Whisky enthusiasts as possible, via a competition at 100 taster bottles of this remarkable 40 Year Old Malt will be given away with consumers being invited to get creative with their own tasting notes. Fred Laing will then select his favourite with the winner rewarded with an exclusive, one-of-only-one gold bottle of Timorous Beastie 40 Years Old.

Timorous Beastie 40 Years Old is available at specialist retailers globally. The competition is open for entries at from Tuesday 30th August 2016. 


Our Timorous Beastie 40 Years Old opens aromatically on the nose with a profusion of sweet spices, cereals and honeycomb. The palate is as sweet as anticipated with crunched sugar, a mature Malt style and more spices. The finish is elegant, fructiferous yet understated with a honeyed Highlander heritage.

Whisky Review – Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic. @glenglassaugh

Glenglassaugh Octaves Classic

44% ABV

Non chill filtered

No added colouring

£54.42 from Master of Malt 

Summer has been a bit of a whisky free period for me. What with the hay fever being at its height and screwing with my senses, I’ve quite frankly felt a little bit whiskied out. The break is always a good thing as it gives more appreciation on return. And with that lets press on. A new Glenglassaugh expression here. 

Matured in octaves (small capacity casks – meaning larger ratio of wood to spirit – meaning faster maturation) made from the staves of an old cask with the approximate size 1/8th to that of a sherry butt. 


On first pour we have immediately fresh apple intense fruitiness and a touch of wood char. Pencil cases and some summer berry jam. Quite a feisty young nose to begin with, will let it sit for a while. There’s quite a yeasty, bread note after the dram has sat for a while. Almost a real ale character to the aromas. Spiced apples, some mineral notes, chalky. Light pepper, ginger and a hint of cinnamon. There’s also something green, herbal, almost like cress, or a good quality salad. Tomato vines. There’s a lot going on here, quite difficult to pin it all down. Complex. A little more time and it becomes quite perfumed and demandingly sniffable, can nearly bring my nose away from the glass.  


Barley rich, sweet arrival, apple juice, softer fruits mushed up over a bowl of honey drenched porridge. Each sip changes slightly, now it’s fruitier, more intense with Apple, skin and flesh, almost a maturing cider quality, apples in a cider farm fermenting, cinnamon scattered over the top. The mouthfeel is very nicely oily. There is an almost Springbank like dirty oiliness about it, quite unique. Plenty of honey soaked malt in further tastes. Subsequent sips after extra time in the glass are deliciously well balanced, juicy, oily, supple and thoroughly enjoyable. Quite a mentally relaxing, comfort filled feel good factor on this dram. 


Warming, lots of creamy barley, porridge intensity. Fruit fades to jammy aftermath, with gentle sugar sweetness tingling around for a medium length finish. 

Adding water. 

Just a few drops added, I think it’s at perfect drinking strength at 44%. The nose now is more like the initial experience, Apple and oak char, it’s toned down a little as well, less intensive. The palate has lost a little of its oily mouthfeel, has an introduced fizziness, still quite fruit intense and jammy, with some added spice and oak, very pleasant, but less intense. The finish is more oaky, and has a slight bitter note at the very end. This dram is best consumed as presented. 


A beautiful, chilled out dram, very complex whilst being relaxing and rewarding as a nightly sipper. I can see a bottle of this wouldn’t last long at all, it’s very moreish.

Many thanks to Glenglassaugh for the review sample