‘A terroir performance’
N: Solid, open, familiar nose - oily, [with a mineral touch], fusty>estery, oaky-caramel [butterscotch from the chaps at MoM tasting notes is more precise], thin-watery honeyed grain, ground black pepper, endive and undercooked [doughy] croissants. Mild, husky grain sweetness remains persistent and true.
T: The development heads towards the barley grain, being very candid and wholesome. Theres a grainy/husky-dryish mouthfeel with a faint lemon in the background. Add water for a more creamy/less astringent mouthful with a longer, more lemon fresh development into the finish,
F: Light fresh, dryish, oaky, lemon<malt-grainy finish with toasted almond pastries emerging for an outro. A much longer, fresher, waxier, lemony finish with water but at the death its back to the barley.
C: Very candid and simple. It reminds me of Monkey Shoulder WB [for its overall shape] and more specifically a Highland Harvest organic blended malt i had many years ago WB for its ‘honest’ barley quality - and like that, this Douglas Laing 15yo is also lacking in complexity, but provides a solid and familiar ‘terroir’ performance.
Scores a C+