Overall rating
81.31/100
votes
89
Whiskybase ID
WB105951
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
46.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5014218805444
Added on
04 jan 2018 10:07 am by ctu
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 49.60

11 × in wishlist

89 × member ratings

227 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Timorous Beastie 10-year-old DL

16 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.31 points.

  1. praisethepasta scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Same ballpark as the NAS release, with different accents. Is it worth the extra tenner though?
    • Nose
      81 81
      waxy-oily and solvent, but also floral notes with some kitchen herbs in there as well. some sweetness too, with granulated sugar and honeysuckle.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Sweet arrival – again that sugar note. Floral, grainy (breakfast cereals) and with added water it turns more waxy on a medium full body.
    • Finish
      79 79
      The sweetness continues in a medium finish

  2. Baileij scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  3. StephanB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Baileij scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. 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

  6. og187 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

  7. 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..

  8. 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.

  9. Ninofdram scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  10. JNuyts scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  11. 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

  12. psiiik scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

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

  13. MrYens scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  14. Totoro scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Better than the NAS expression, which bordered on the side of too young / too incongruous, and better value for money given the age statement, but I'm still not impressed with the cask selection in this line. Fruity, zesty: yes. Nice summer whisky: yes. Would I buy a bottle: no, sir.

  15. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    03-03-2018
    • Nose
      74 74
      spices
    • Taste
      78 78
      hint of smoke, fruit
    • Finish
      75 75
      spices

  16. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A delicate blended malt, best to enjoy neat. It's like walking around in an orchard on a late summer afternoon. Surprisingly spicy with a creamy, soft and fruity-sweet backbone. An excellent and attractive addition to the Timorous Beastie portfolio.

    I thank Douglas Laing for the complimentary sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/tasting-notes-english/blended-malt-whiskies/
    • Nose
      Oh, what a deliciously fragrant nose! Very fruity with a fresh potpourri of late summer fruits, yellow apples, peaches, apricots, and bananas. This is complemented with sweet and lingering vanilla and toffee, followed by roasted almonds and a whiff of oak in the back. Creamy, buttery and very appealing!
    • Taste
      Sweet, soft and creamy on the palate. Delicate fruits with bananas, peaches and ripe apples emerge, nicely mixed with caramel and buttery notes. This is accompanied by a slightly warming spiciness of white pepper, ginger, subtle cloves and a slight hint of alcoholic bite. Well rounded with lingering vanilla and toffee towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The medium length finish is sweet and creamy with sticky fruit jam. Slowly fading notes of white pepper and dry oak on the tail.

      With water: Water turns the delicate fruitiness into an autumnal style with more dark fruits coming through. The sweetness remains stable. On the palate the warming spiciness is a bit tamed while the fruity sweetness seems to be increased a bit. Still soft and creamy. The finish is a bit shorter, less fruity with more tannins and dry oak coming through.

  17. 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.

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