Overall rating
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

€ 99,99

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Whisky Reviews for Probably Orkney's Finest 2003 DL

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.25 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 a 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.
    • 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. 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

  3. 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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