Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Particular
Stated Age
16 years old
Refill Hogshead
DL 13371
Number of bottles
48.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Aug 2019 6:04 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 90.41

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20 × member ratings

25 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Probably Orkney's Finest 2003 DL

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.38 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2019] Highland Park is on its way to a luxury brand with extraordinary prices even for young releases so a bottling like this is very welcomed...

    ...and as an original distillery release this would be sold for more than twice the price, most probably. This is a perfect example of the fine Highland Park profile with all its great aromas and flavours in a fine balance. A dangerously quaffable dram and one of the best HP's I had since years.

    [April, 2021] I re-tasted this dram tonight and confirm my old review and score. Excellent drinking stuff - by the way I bought his bottle for 81 Euro in October, 2019.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers this adorable honey-fruity-sweet HP profile which I really like. There are plenty of other aromas io explore, among them spices, waxes, shy peaty notes, grassy and earthy aromas and some maritime impressions of seaweed and salt. All in a perfect balance and quite impressive (out of a big spheric blenders glass). By the way, it is much more shy out of a standard Glencairn glass, here I would score it 2-3 points lower. After significant breathing time the old-style aromas like waxes and earthy notes grow stronger what I like.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is nicely layered on sweet heather honeys with a touch of herbs first before the spicy woods join in. Next are the waxes with earthy notes and then the fruits pop up, boldly. The barley sugars form a nice backing to this parade and combine to a white chocolate taste towards the end. All without any flaw or imbalance and the dram is greatly chewable - the peaty notes grow stronger this way which is very delicious.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives charming on the palate with a warming and instantly coating feeling without distracting moments. The finish is long and adds more tasty herbal and fine (olive) oily flavours. No bitter or drying moments, this is all perfect. Water is not needed because it just flattens the dram - the neat version is perfect as it is.

  2. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Apple, honey, lemon, apricot, gooseberry, grasses, grain, caramel, peach, melon, in between there are still a few unripe fruits
    • Taste
      Apple, honey, apricot, dried apricot, very light lime, some tangerine, a touch of milk chocolate,

  3. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Thanks HK Ling for the dram. This is a very distillate driven Highland Park, with very minimal cask influence. Something different compared to these modern day whiskies, where most of them are so focus on the cask/wood

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

    A fruity, sweet single malt from Orkney with warming spices and a slightly smoky note. Fine, complex and very balanced. The long maturation time in a single refill hogshead explains the multi-layered flavours. A very fine dram indeed!

    • Nose
      The nose is fresh and rich with creamy vanilla and citrus. Fruity flavours of baked banana and ripe peach arrive, followed by gentle spiced oak, subtle smoke and a whiff of sea air.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity start at first with vanilla and peaches, accompanied by a warming mix of spices - ginger, oak and white pepper. Salted caramel, lemon peel and subtle smoke linger towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and warm with gentle spiced honey, nutmeg, dark chocolate and dry oak on the tail.

      With water: There's almost no change on the nose when a few drops of water are added. Still sweet and fruity with subtle peat smoke. On the palate, the warmth is tamed significantly leading more sweetness and vanilla to the fore. The finish shows medium length with vanilla, caramel and subtle oak spice.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A two-faced affair. Palate and finish are good-to-great, but the youthful esters of the nose are a bit of a turn-off for me.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Huge vanilla notes and slightly farmy peat smoke, then candyfloss, bubblegum, marshmallows, and an estery pineapple aroma - all of which remind me of much younger spirits (perhaps this is the flaw due to which the liquid found its way to an independent bottler?). To be fair, there are other, more appealing sides to this - especially when you concentrate on the smoke instead of the sweetness - but I'm really struggling with the youngish, saccharine aspect of this. And I have to say, the Hazelburn 12 I'm contrasting it with outperforms it easily - and seems older to boot.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Way better. Zingy, fresh, mildly acidic, peppery attack, then wood spices and smoke mingle toward the middle, and as it goes down, a late burst of fruits comes as a welcome surprise.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pretty nice, with smoke, sea salt and brine and vanilla custard.

  6. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very enjoyable with honey, smoke, and fruit throughout with the addition of some spice and salt in the finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Georges scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Vanilla, honey, citrus, smoky, earthy, peaches
    • Taste
      Oily, creamy, spicy (ginger, nutmeg), herbs, fruity (apples, grapefruit, lemons), hay, caramel
    • Finish
      Medium long, salty, citrus, herbs, chocolate

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Nice Highland Park from Douglas Laing, hitting all the marks that you would hope for.
    • Nose
      Sweet notes of honey, a touch of citrus, wet pebbles and subtle notes of vanilla as well. A whisper of peat smoke in the background. Not super complex, but the balance makes up for it.
    • Taste
      Soft aromas of straw, hay, ripe apple and lemon-y peat smoke, as well as caramel. It does have a nice salinity too, accompanied by nutmeg and cloves.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices. Medium in length.


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