Douglas Laing – Director’s Cut – Probably Speyside Finest Distillery – Tasting Notes

In June 1966, what was going to be a whisky for Douglas Laing expression in the Director’s Cut line, this spirit was distilled. After 46 years laying in a refill butt there were 319 bottles filled in September 2012 at 49,7% with reference DL REF 9176. This was under the label ‘Probably Speyside Finest Distillery’ and no name was given of the distillery. But tasting and nosing this one at the masterclass of Douglas Laing at Whisky Live The Hague it became clear that this one could only be coming from Glenfarclas Distillery.

The nose is filled with Sherry notes of dried fruits, figs and some nutty influences. Sweet dense fruit cake, sweet spices, dessert buffet with a sticky toffee pudding, vanilla, red apples and Christmas cake.

On the palate I could find back the same notes as on the nose giving it a balanced feel. Sweet vanilla and a little bit of dryness of spices and cocoa are also present. Dried apples, figs, creamy, toffee, red apples and molasses.

A medium length to long finish with sweet, spice and full creamy feel. Orchard fruits, chili pepper, lots of sweet notes. Giving it a 7,5 out of 10 for sure, very balanced, full and complex. But found it a bit too dry to my taste. That just made it go down a bit in scoring. But very nice….

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