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Overall rating
77.18/100
votes
104
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Bottled
2016
Strength
46.2 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml 4500 ml
Barcode
5014218797749
Added on
18 Apr 2016 12:43 pm by Stijn
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 41,55

12 × in wishlist

104 × member ratings

249 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Epicurean DL

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.18 points

  1. Sandman scored this whisky 72 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Chemical glue smell, butter, vanilla, pear, sweet apple, fresh grass, hint of heather flowers and green garden herbs.
    • Taste
      Pepper, malt, hay, butter, green herbs, pear, apricot, vanilla, green apple, lemon and honey.
    • Finish
      Medium, pepper, toasted bread, malt, pepper, butter, green herbs, hints of grass, apricot, pear, apple and lemon.

  2. Cubey666 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the L&B whiskey weekend 20-1-2018.
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  3. Falnor scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      78 78

  4. Dris scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    Raw graininess, bitter oak, lack of body, sharp spirit.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      73 73

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    The nose is a little unpleasant, the finish a bit short, the body/taste is the best part of this whisky.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Fruity, but somehow a little sour and unpleasant odour, grapes, overripe apples, pear. Also some hay, and a little metal.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Fortunately, the sour part disappears in the taste: Slightly pungent, pepper, oranges and some sweet, honey and vanilla.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Still a little pepper, fruity and some bitterness, grapefruit. Not very long.

  6. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    03-03-2018
    • Nose
      69 69
      butter, hint of fruit
    • Taste
      71 71
      apples, grapes, bitter
    • Finish
      69 69
      honey, lemonade

  7. Macheye scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    The Epicurean has some good, crisp and fresh Lowlands style aromas and flavours. It’s also got some boldness to it, being delivered at a higher ABV than one might expect of this type of whisky. However, there’s some brutally young whisky in here and the levels of rawness/feints are hard to miss, or to ignore. Nevertheless, there are some evocative, refreshing flavours here, and at around £35, you should not be overly afraid to try this in some longer drinks - I suspect it would sit quite nicely with ginger ale over lots of cubed ice.

    https://www.thedramble.com/tastings/blend/the-epicurean/
    • Nose
      Garden fresh, combining juicy pears with dried grasses and hay. Tart citrus and hints of ginger provide additional interesting aromas and are joined by some golden maltiness. Alas, there’s a very noticeable youth to this whisky…..charitably you’d describe this as copper coins/metallic, but in reality, this is pretty heavily dirtied with feints. A few drops of water improves things, emphasising vanilla, butteriness and light florals, as well as diminishing some of the rawness and metallic notes - but they never disappear fully and mar the otherwise enjoyable aromas.
    • Taste
      A punchy arrival, but certainly with some bite (higher ABV sometimes a good thing, other times it just overemphasises rawness) that delivers some crisp and clear flavours – maltiness, tangy citrus and grapefruit and sweet honeydew melon. Then, some trademark Lowlands grassiness, butter and vanilla cream. Mid palate this is surprisingly spicy, with both ginger, but particularly pepper, which feels quite fiery when surrounded by flavours that you’d normally associate with a lighter style. Water reduces some of the aggressiveness, both of the alcohol and the spicing, as well as transposing the fruit selection more towards stone fruits.
    • Finish
      Medium in length with crisp citrus, grassiness and a touch of rawness.

  8. Kreimann scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    young Lowland, whom I do not have to drink again
    • Nose
      Citrus and marzipan
    • Taste
      sweet, bubbly, pepper / ginger
    • Finish
      short and bitter

  9. Shane_IL scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    This one struck me as all too young and aggressive, an issue I have with the majority of Lowland malts which I think need age and even then can be lacking in character. I’m sure this has its fans out there, lid for every pot and all that, but I’ll be sticking with Big Peat given a choice from the core range.

    Reviewed in my blog:https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2017/09/11/douglas-laing-tasting-with-fred-laing/
    • Nose
      Very young, quite aggressive. Hints of new make. Sweet malt. Porridge. Honey. Maltesers. Herbal honey.
    • Taste
      Mainly heat. Slightly oily. Sunflower seeds. Malt. Creamy vanilla. Wet coriander leaves.
    • Finish
      Long. Butter. Porridge. Sourdough.

  10. thijs100 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A light, delicate dram that represents the Lowland flavour profile well. I could've done without the metallic note, and it does feel a bit young overall.
    • Nose
      A big sour hit of citrus notes is a large part of the first impression. Also some metallic notes. Plenty of lime juice, and a good amount of lemon peel. Slightly floral too, and a whiff of dried grass. Finally vanilla and thyme.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly sweet. Honey and sugared cereal, but also quite spicy with some white pepper and ginger. A light fruitiness too (peach, nectarine, but also that lime again).
    • Finish
      Lemon and milk chocolate. Medium in length.

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