Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Stated Age
10 years old
46.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
04 Jan 2018 10:07 am by ctu

Average value

€ 46.19

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78 × member ratings

217 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Timorous Beastie 10-year-old DL

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.22 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Good with an unexpected spicy kick, although the palate could've used something to balance the sweetness. All in all a nice addition to the Timorous Beastie brand.
    • Nose
      Opens up on sweet vanilla and ripe, mushy bananas. Some soft spices too, accompanied by maple syrup and fudge. This is definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum.
    • Taste
      More of the sweet, fruity bananas and vanilla, but now the spices are a bit more present. Some ginger, as well as white pepper and cloves. Fairly creamy by the way, which is always a plus.
    • Finish
      Some bitter oak, light spices, and finally sweet fruits.

  2. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Sweet vanilla, honey and light white pears
    • Taste
      Sweet slightly creamy vanilla, pepper, and green unripe fruits
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet light spicy white pepper

  3. og187 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

  4. RyanJE scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    I think this is an underrated whisky. Its definitely a bit more challenging to find the sweet spot and understand it. Great fruity nose like a young whisky, sweet at the beginning but has an interesting mineral finish to it. With water the sensation balance is actually reminiscent of fresh squeezed lemonade..

  5. Gareth74 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Packaging roars! Whisky squeaks.

    I’m a graphic designer. Have been since forever and it’s as much a career as an affliction. Designers are, on the whole, anal buggers. They’re detail sluts. Typophiles, font junkies, kerning-crazed and suckers for substrates. And most love packaging. I’m of the opinion there a few coming things designers would like to design (if the already don’t, chairs, album covers, logos for cool brands and booze labels). In the world of whisky we’re spoilt for amazing, detailed and eye catching packaging, it’s a train spotter’s and obsessed designer’s paradise.

    In a crowded market, DL’s wee beastie and other labels in the portfolio, are pretty eye catching to say the least and it’s testament to the art of their design partner that it visually punches above it weight. Once seen, never forgotten.

    Since first seeing it some years ago I’ve always had that nagging voice in the back of my head telling me to get a bottle. And I have. And even the bottle they sourced is a fine aesthetic decision, so very much a shape of a time gone by calling into memory the bottle silhouette of the great Samaroli. It’s a pretty thing. A delicate contrivance of design and branding.

    But. Nobody bought an album just because the sleeve was good (maybe we have a few in the collection like that), it’s the inside that really matters and that where it falls short. With all the bravado and bluster and swagger of the packaging, it’s solid black bottle makes me think something dark and brooding will usher forth. Maybe wearing a cape and at home in a dark corner of a Victorian novel. What actually arrives is something that looks like an old basic bottling of Glenfiddich or similar. Pale, white wine. Bugger.

    On the nose
    Sugar. Hot, sawn wood. Pepper, honeysuckle, sugared almonds smeared in the flesh of overripe soft fruits. Water brings in sandalwood cool menthol and feint fruit syrups from tinned peaches and pears, oak, pepper and geraniums and a herbal note.

    In the mouth it’s pretty much the nose, on the tongue. Hot initial arrival with ginger and wood spice, oak and honeysuckle light syrups and a spirity temperament. It does remind me of Glenllivet, the hot sawn wood is rich and coats the tastebuds. But it’s ultimately boring. It tastes like so many other wee beasties and it’s really the aforementioned packaging that steels the show.

    A woof! and a whimper then. Is there better to be had for the money? It’s 46%, no colouring and no chill filtration, a swanky box, a lovely bottle and a beautifully designed label front and back. And a reasonable, average quality whisky. It’s cool and a ultimately likeable wee beastie but one I’ll chalk up to scratching an itch than appearing on any greatest hits mix tape of worthy scotches. A novelty rather than a new classic.

    EDIT: So, it turns out this bottle has a trick up its sleeve. it is GREAT with ice. So so in a glencairn glass, but stick it in a tumbler with some ice and it comes alive as a drink. the sweetness, honey oak work well at a lower temperature - think Nikka Coffee Grain.

  6. Ninofdram scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. JNuyts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a good easydrinking dram
    • Nose
      fresh, pear, spicy, light fruit, later vanilla, light cheese, childhood chewing gum, flowery
    • Taste
      oily and powerful on the palate
      very spicy, nut
    • Finish
      medium long
      Oak, nut, season, bitter

  9. psiiik scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  10. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior


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