Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Remarkable Regional Malts
Stated Age
21 years old
Number of bottles
46.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 Jul 2019 3:08 am by peatbogger

Average value

€ 94.10

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58 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Rock Island 21-year-old DL

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.23 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    N: Salty complex-sweet-ish coastal lemon references with relaxed yet firmly farmland peated leanings, it’s cowpats near the beach all entwined within unobtrusive oak. I’m guessing Islay first up, perhaps a modern light dry Laphroaig > Caol Ila. Then again, Talisker might be a good shout. This has plenty of charm, and pancakes! “Port Charlotte”, says lewis which is also a good shout. It can’t be Ardbeg, Bunna, Bowmore, Laga?,…nope. With bits of everything, this is too unspecific for one distillery. Could this be Big Peat I ask?

    T: More salivating than the Ardmore and with significantly more age, so I’m guessing this has seen some fine refill maturation. Amazing, there’s a Port Ellen-esque on arrival with a mouthfeel to boot. It’s fleeting but it’s there, every time, with a watery-smoked lemon barley squidgy mouthfeel. Leads on nicely with all the bits playing their part, initially delectably ambrosia-sweet before turning sourer with a soft floaty-dryness later on.

    F: That’s kind of it then. Time then to enjoy the simmering cool down. Dry smoke lingers as dry smoke does.

    C: Revealed: previously known as Rock Oyster, this is an island blend. With a few fleeting moments of sheer brilliance including the closest fleeting reference to Port Ellen I’ve enjoyed [from a non-Port Ellen] for some time, this is highly recommended.

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Mineral and fragrant on the nose, slight touch of citrus little sweet, a little austere.
    In the mouth, chiseled and mature. Creamy and balanced. Unripe fruits.
    Small hazelnut finish.

    Nose & Mouth 4/5
    Final 3/5

    Whiskey n ° 2156

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Way less intriguing than the 18-year-old, which had nice and clearly discernible Highland Park components. Despite the higher age statement, this one seems younger and more raw. It's also peatier, with the smoke dominating the other "maritime" aspects. It's not bad per se (probably plenty of Caol Ila in here), but there's no catch, nothing that stands out or holds your attention. It's simply very decent peated whisky.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Peat smoke, wet, pebbles and wool, camphor, myrrh, and a salty tang. No cask influence that I can detect.
    • Taste
      81 81
      Rather dry and un-fruity, with the aforementioned herbal aspects and the smokiness dominating. A bit sharp; the age doesn't really come through.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Unremarkable; could be any peated whisky.

  4. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nice mix of salty peat, fruits, and brine. Interesting, complex but hard to find
    • Nose
      90 90
      Salt, butterscotch, mineral maritime smoke, brine oysters, dried leaves, sour apple, light citrus (lemon or orange?), after first sip - orange is more pronounce
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet liquid honey, dry ash smoke, dried leaves, earthy truffle peat, and brine
    • Finish
      87 87
      Dry, long, dry ash smoke and fish fat aftertaste

  5. robbert88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  6. coldsun scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very deep and bold. Salty, peaty smoke, marine, honey, citruses (lemon, orange), oily with dry and slightly bitter cut. Like Rock Island 10 but much more boldy and oily with notes of gum and iodine (probably Ledaig present).

  7. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    very successful blend, and bottled at the right strength. available at £85 or less, very good value. easy drinker.

    the impression is more ardbeg than anything, though it probably contains no ardbeg.
    • Nose
      rounded, smoky and fruity. lemon verbena, leaves, quite earthy, a little farmy too. brambles, cinnamon raisin buns, light carbolic soap but nothing offensive.
    • Taste
      soft arrival showing maturity, but still quite a bit of spark. bonfire smoke, spiced apple strudel, lavender, more lemon verbena and a little porridge. quite long smoky finish.

  8. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. lviz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose : surprisingly smoky. Usualy in the blends as the ages goes up the islay malt contet goes down but not here! Caol Ila hello!
    Plate : ok, some fruits, vanilla, maritime notes..not so smoky as you may expected from the nose. Finish : ash and vanilla. Nice whisky and has an excellent price / value ratio.

  10. GlasMost scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Yes, plenty of ashy Coal Ila. Very nice simple blended malt for drinking. Doesn´t need water.
    I would not have guessed the 21y in a blind tasting. In comparison with "Compass Box: Flaming Heart" less sophisticated but also at 2/3 the price.


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