Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
46.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
17 Jan 2015 5:38 pm by wacher

Average value

€ 41.27

33 × in wishlist

338 × member ratings

689 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Rock Oyster DL

66 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.70 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 83 points Super Administrator

    Imagine an old wooden fishing boat, crusted shells and wet seaweed drying on a rocky coastline, and you get a fairly good impression of this Island Blended Malt. The nose of 'Rock Oyster' is maritime, briny and moderately peaty with hints of citrus fruits and honey. If only the taste would be on par with the aroma! Arriving fresh, zesty and peppery sweet, there is no apparent oak influence and the dry peatiness is rather bland. The quickly fading finish is spicy and mildly bitter. Although a bit pricey and young, this malt is nicely composed and well worth a try.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 83 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. robbert88 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Maritime, peat, medicinal smoke which reminds me of caol ila and a sweet liquorice
    • Taste
      Greasy oil, fresh citrus, peat and medicinal. The first sip kicked in the hardest in terms of smoke and peat. Over time the salty lake comes up with a citrus tart and gradually a bit sweeter from pear. But also salty liquorice.
    • Finish
      Salted liquorice, pepper, a light bite of alcohol, unfortunately a bit short. But a nice saltiness.

  3. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes and Comments by Douglas Laing & Co;

    Paying homage the sea, Douglas Laing's Rock Oyster is a Small Batch bottling created using the finest maritime Malts including those distilled on the esteemed Islands of Jura, Islay, Arran and Orkney. Bottled at 46.8% alcohol strength and traditionally without colouring or chill-filtration, this Small Batch bottling has a truly maritime and oceanic character of sea-salt, sweet peat, smoke, honey and pepper from its Islay Malts, and softened somewhat by the sweeter, barley-based impact from Arran, Jura and Orkney.

    Tasting Notes;

    Wave soaked rocks and a salty oceanic fresh influence on the nose, running to an initially subtle palate that carries soft and rather sweet peat paralleled with smoke, honey, damp ash, liquorice and late pepper. All of what went before is neatly replicated in the moreish finish.

  4. ASWhisky scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    doesn't make me nervous but okay
    • Nose
      Schokolade, grüne Kräuter, Gurkenwasser, gelbe Früchte
      salzig, zarter Alkoholstich, Regenwasser, Fisch
      insgesamt eine dünne Nase
    • Taste
      leichter Cognac Flashback am Antritt
      etwas Schokolade am Gaumen
      helle Frucht
    • Finish
      helle Frucht

  5. Jabarkas scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Oh Peat, my old friend... There is actually medium level of it. It reminds me of Ledaig 10. Though that one is a bit better of course. Altogether a well rounded blend.
    • Nose
      Honey sweetness, peat, alcohol.
    • Taste
      Peat, sweet, alcohol again. Spicy. A touch of sea. I though that the taste would be more profound. It is sadly a bit watery.
    • Finish
      Peat, a bit of caraway, ash.

  6. Jasper1987 scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    This bottle is evidence that a proper NAS blended malt can be very enjoyable. (batch 12 - L18 05 18)

    First thing that drifts by on this coastel shore is the soft maritime brine with some very light white smoke. Also quite mineral, as in wet pebbles and tangy sweetish lemon. Some malt and yeastiness too. Add some pepper and peat on the palate. And ashes in the finish.

    It's young, light and pure. Not pretending to be anything else. I like it for exactly that.

  7. The_Osprey scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Rock Oyster 46.8%. Consumed August 2019. Very pale. Aroma is crunchy grain, faint vanilla, young estery spirit, grain and oak. Young whisky. Faint airy peat. Lots of impressions of grain whisky even though this is a BMSW. Taste is a bit odd, doesn't really come together. Impressions of high-quality peated whisky cut with lots of thin immature spirit aged in refill casks. The end result is fine or even good led by some Caol Ila-like salty oily peaty whisky. Taste is punchy and peaty in contrast to the airy grainy aroma. Tastes good and is enjoyable but aroma is poor. 3.2/77

  8. nikolajsa@inbox.lv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      salt, algae, iodine, light smoke
    • Taste
      83 83
      smoke, smoked meats, sweetness, iodine, spices
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium, sweetness, smoke, spices

  9. Ficelli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Rebeltesi did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Perfect marine scotch. Medium smoke with seaweed and pleasant citrus and malt notes.


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