Timorous Beastie 18 year old @DLaingWhisky
Non chill filtered
No added colouring
£82.60 from Master of Malt
First sniff is floral (honeysuckle) and fudgey. There is a light fruitiness, some peach and apricot, with a hint of apple skin. Some sweet ginger and the smallest touch of white pepper. A few sniffs later there is a pineapple juice influence. After 20 mins in the glass the fruit becomes more intense, lots of pineapple, apricot and now some juicy oranges.
Very fruity, gentle arrival, building in fruitiness, lots of orange, pineapple, very sweet and juicy. Some gentle light spices accompany, with a little vanilla. A lovely chewy texture to the mouthfeel. There is some background barley biscuit amongst the pineapple chunks.
The juices fade and a rich vanilla creamy custard comes forward, for a medium-long length finish. The custard takes a while to dissipate, retaining creamy throughout.
Only adding a tiny amount. It doesn’t need water in my opinion. Oh dear, I was right. Nose is much lighter, floral fruits. Palate still has a bunch of flavour, but lost intensity. Finish has more of the floral, slightly talcum powder floral. Still drinkable, but the undiluted has the win. No water here please.
A delicious whisky, quite subtle in its ways, but with a bolstering fruit up front. Clearly of the older wise with the fruit intensity and gentle spices. This is quality stuff, requiring some time in the glass to give the most of itself. A “spoil yourself” blended malt for a special occasion. Drink as an aperitif on a fresh palate.
Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official review sample.