Overall rating
Blended Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
46.2 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml 4500 ml
Added on
18 Apr 2016 12:43 pm by Stijn

Average value

€ 41,84

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119 × member ratings

280 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Epicurean DL

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.01 points

  1. schengel10 scored this whisky 63 points Connoisseur

    A young, at best, average whiskey.
    The PLV is pretty catastrophic!
    I suspect a maximum of 5 years of malts from refill barrels!
    [Color] bright white wine;
    • Nose
      64 64
      flowery, grassy, malty, sweet, a little alcohol;
    • Taste
      63 63
      an increasing tingling onset, alcoholic, burning, sweetness, honey, malt, bright fruits (apples, pears, lemon), clearly young;
    • Finish
      62 62
      quite short, massive, sweet finish; lingering a sweet pear;

  2. Malthead19 scored this whisky 63 points Expert Senior

    A rather disappointing Blended Malt by Douglas Laing.
    Compared to the other already tasted regions of this series so far the worst bottling
    very young, inharmonious, penetrating
    for about 35 € way too expensive
    • Nose
      could also be a grappa!
      fruity, young, plum, lemon, lime, glue, almost uncomfortable "sprittig"
    • Taste
      severe strong alcoholic onset, oak, pear, green apple
    • Finish
      - short sharp finish
      - short fruity-alcoholic finish

  3. Sandman scored this whisky 72 points Connoisseur

    • 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.

  4. 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

  5. Falnor scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

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

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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.

    • 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.

  10. 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


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