Overall rating
Blended Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Remarkable Regional Malts
Stated Age
10 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 Jul 2019 3:01 am by peatbogger

Average value

€ 44,65

3 × in wishlist

8 × member ratings

13 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Rock Island 10-year-old DL

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.00 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A good new entry into the Rock Island/Rock Oyster pantheon.
    • Nose
      Young and very sweet, with a big hit of vanilla, but also bitter lemon peel, dried seaweed, orris root and very soft wood smoke. A bit of pickled ginger also, as well as mush bananas.
    • Taste
      There's licorice here, and it has a very earthy quality to it. The inherent sweetness is here again, mainly vanilla. Some straw and hay also. Subtle wood smoke and chalk. A touch of white pepper as well.
    • Finish
      Lingering smoke. A light minerality.

  2. Georges scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet barley, lemon peels, spicy (ginger)
    • Taste
      Sweet, fresh, fruity (pears, pineapples), honey, earthy, salty
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet, salty, citrus

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

    A well put together, nicely balanced blended malt with an enticing sweet nose, fruity and spicy palate, as well as lingering finish. All this is accompanied by gentle wood smoke and fine coastal aromas. A convincing new entry into Douglas Laing's renamed Rock Island blended malt range with an age statement.

    I thank Douglas Laing for the complimentary sample!

    • Nose
      Bursting with creamy vanilla, accompanied by sweet and fruity notes of white peaches and some lemon peel. Soft wood smoke with coastal flavours and a whiff of sea breeze in the back. Very appealing!
    • Taste
      Sweet start on the palate, too, again with lots of vanilla, a touch of honey and lingering apricots. This is complemented by gentle wood smoke, warming spices - ginger and white pepper. Sweet barley sugar lingers with notes of heather towards the finish.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, warm and lingering sweet with a bitter touch of lemon peel. Slightly drying with some peat becoming noticeable alongside gentle smoke. Nicely mouth-coating.

      With water: When adding a few drops of water, smoke becomes more dominant on the nose, along wth creamy vanilla and lingering citric fruits. Slightly warming on the palate with a tamed sweetness and fruitiness, followed by pepper and a touch of oak, wrapped in gentle wood smoke. The finish shows medium length with a decreased sweetness, but more dry notes of oak and a touch of peat smoke.

  4. Implar scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice blend. A good balance between approachable and engaging.

    • Nose
      It's just like the NAS version but everything is more pronounced and driven. The peat comes through a bit more here. There's still that maritime feel with the salt, but there's a sweeter side as well. Pineapple, vanilla and some soft honey. The creamy note is still present too.
    • Taste
      Again, Douglas Laing managed to have a great continuation between the nose and palate. Something other whisky sometimes struggle with. Quite a gentle arrival with some peppercorn. Then the earthy smoke comes in along with notes of pineapple and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Medium long finish with the smoke lingering and a touch of ham.


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