Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 38.31

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174 × member ratings

416 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Epicurean DL

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.13 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 81 points Super Administrator

    Quick hit review.

    Sure, this is not Big Peat. However, I don't get why the Epicurean receives so much hate. Light and floral, the aroma features unripe banana, citrus fruits and barley sugar. After a sweet and citric arrival, spearmint, ginger and lemon zest dominate the palate. Herbal freshness and spices fade in the clean finish. I guess this is mainly young Auchentoshan, maybe with a splash of Bladnoch? Whatever the case, I don't mind sipping this dram!

    RATING: 3.2/5.0 stars ≙ 81 pts → AVERAGE [+]

  2. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfully grassy, pearly and lemony on the nose. Fresh, sugar-sweet with nice fruit-learning notes in the mouth. Very young and therefore close to the fire. Reminds me a little of the Auchentoshan New Make. Delicious in summer and certainly good with sprite and ice cream. Can you drink!

  3. Mannix65 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    very green, grassy, ​​with the addition of water a little more honey and vanilla - very short and sprittig - apparently a blend of Glenkinchie and Auchentoshan

  4. robbert88 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      The nose opens a bit with some grass and a little bit sour. Furthermore, fresh, juicy fruit, ripe pears, hay and a bit of a metallic taste. Slightly floral and quite young (new make, alcoholic).
    • Taste
      The palette has flavors of pear, apple tart, citrus, honey and a punch from the alcohol.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste has some pepper, vanilla, chocolate notes and is bitter in the aftertaste.

  5. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. The_Osprey scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Douglas Laing's The Epicurean 46.2%. BMSW.

    30ml consumed July 2021.

    Very, very pale.

    Aroma has apple flesh and green banana, caramel biscuit, Tunnocks Caramel, toffee apple. Interesting enough- I like the caramel wafer vibe.

    Taste is creamy-smooth all the way through, no rough stuff, a little increasing salt and chilli over time, pretty plain though...just the very faintest toffee note after you've consumed half a dram.

    I’m not really sure how I would drink this. Doesn't have the complexity of some similar light whiskies that might serve as an aperitif, and doesn't have the depth that I'd like at the end of an evening. Nice nose and a creamy mature easy flavour but ultimately it's all a bit uninspiring. 3.1/74

  7. Quercus scored this whisky 71 points Expert Junior

    Floral grassy nose. Very one-dimensional and young, almost metallic notes. With a splash of water it loses the unpleasant notes on the first impression and becomes drinkable and suitable for beginners.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      69 69

  8. karloff scored this whisky 57 points Specialist

    This was a sample courtesy of Peatbogger.
    I added water to what I had left and it improved but only a little and just in taste. Saved it's arse from me giving it an embarrassing score.
    Some bloke gave it 90? Hope he doesn't invite me round to his house for a dram.
    • Nose
      65 65
      Like most here we detect that it's young by the new make aromas.
      A bit fishy this one and it's a fresh catch.
      Faint citrus, light fruits in a cocktail.
      The nose is not bad but nothing exciting or different and I have nosed many similar.
    • Taste
      55 55
      I was hoping the taste was going to mirror the nose and it would have been meh! alright, it doesn't and it is rather bland.
      Bitter and dry with very little in the way of taste.
      Why or who blended this? Did they have a mixer in mind? Because I seriously think it needs it and I never say or recommend that.
    • Finish
      50 50
      Short to medium finish and you would pray for the former because this didn't start with much and leaves even less.

  9. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    A very light and fresh malt, which, as indicated by DL, comes across as very floral and grassy-fresh. The taste shows light fresh citrus notes and a flattering sweetness with dry herbaceous notes. Overall, however, in my opinion, a bit too easy and unspectacular, even monotonous. Unfortunately doesn't really offer anything that would make it interesting. Pleasant to drink, fits in with the sunny time, would certainly look good in a drink. Leaves the Lowlands in the "Remarkable Regional Malts" lineup rather weak. Pity!
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  10. peatbogger scored this whisky 77 points Specialist

    Looks like I found a bottle of the first release.
    I have tried this before at a DL tasting, and didn't really think too much of it.
    Still, since I wanted a light summer dram I gave it a second chance.
    Somehow saved by the ABV, at 40% this would have been a dud. That said, it takes a few drops very well, but now you at least got the choice.
    Have to say it's better than I remember.
    • Nose
      75 75
      Fresh and a bit sour.
      Can't help not to think this have to be extremely young, as it has a distinct smell of new make and old copper to it.
      The fruity bit is green, hard and unripe.
      Green apple, green banana and a little citrus.
      Some sugary sweetness, but not a particularly inviting nose.
      Water improves the nose a lot. It rounds it off, enhances and ripens the fruity notes and takes away most of the sour new make feel.
    • Taste
      79 79
      A lot better than the nose implies.
      Texture on the creamy side.
      Lightly citric with a sweet milk chocolate undertone.
      Growing peppery spice.
      It's kind of fruity, but not very expressive.
      Water kills most of the spice and brings it closer to what I was looking for; a care free light summer dram.
    • Finish
      78 78
      Mostly a short of medium fade from the main palate.
      Sweet and spicy, dying on a very light dryness.
      Water makes the finish even shorter, takes away most of the spice as well as that light dryness.


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