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Timorous Beastie 40-year-old DL

Overall rating
90.15/100
votes
248
Whiskybase ID
WB85916
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
1080
Strength
54.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5014218799729
Added on
20 aug 2016 8:37 pm by Eagles Fly
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 999.95

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Whisky Reviews for Timorous Beastie 40-year-old DL

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.15 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2020] I selected this dram for my daily Corona virus test (you know, about two-third of all Corona infected persons lose both smell and taste almost completely for several days - this is not a joke!)...

    ...and still my senses are ready to enjoy this beautiful dram. A perfect composition that combines the best of different old whiskies in a flawless and harmonic way, excellent stuff.
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is very light at pale straw and the nose offers a delicate and complex mix of dozens of different aromas in an adorable balance. There are fruits, honeys, waxes, shy peat (from the Glen Garioch), nuts, spices and many more. Truly delicious without any off-note or imbalance (I use a big spheric blender's glass). I could sniff this for hours (and obviously my senses are still 100 per cent okay). By the way, out of a standard Glencairn this nose is much weaker (here I would score 89 points only).
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is multi-layered on all the beautiful flavours of the nose within a firm but never dominating wooden structure. It is greatly chewable and releases more waves of flavours this way, among them milk chocolate and crème brûlée. Some water turns the nose punchier and intermingles the nice layers of the taste while more of it flattens both quickly, clearly I prefer the neat dram.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate with some hot moments which are not distracting. The finish is of medium length and turns more to the old-stylish flavours of waxes, oils and floral impressions. There is a minor bitterness (tannins) towards the end but it is very shy given a 40-years old dram.

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A really great whiskey, the flavors are super to each other, he looks old, but not superimposed and above all the freshness excited. A little more punch in the middle and he would be even better rated by me.
    • Nose
      Great fruity nose, orange peel, citrus, above all, quite fresh, but still ripe, almost Springbank quality, then a fine, but distinct oak note of a more rustic style. Spices, more lemongrass, thyme. You can tell that the whiskey is not young, but he does not fake the 40 years either. Still wonderful. With water, the nose is a little sweeter, vanilla.
    • Taste
      as excited as the nose was, the aroma is quite restrained. The fruity notes become tropical, even mango and pineapple, and the oak tart and slightly sour. In contrast to the nose flavoring, the taste is still rather restrained. Nothing important changes with water.
    • Finish
      The finish is long on dry oak and menthol, but still with a lot of fudge, orange marmalade.

  3. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This Blended Malt is a real success. An almost perfect assembly. A very expressive nose for his age, a silky and generous mouth and all without the marking too pronounced was. A real treat !
    • Nose
      Beautiful fragrance for this small quarantine mouse. What happens to me first are fresh and vegetal notes with its mentholy touch. Then come a nice basket of fruit, I find orange, pomelos and plum. The whole is wrapped in honey, butter and some bitter almonds.
    • Taste
      Alcohol is very well integrated. The palate is pleasantly fruity and sweet. There is that sweet and silky side that is often found in old whiskeys. Light spices make their appearance with always this vegetal side (which I usually perceive in Single Grain). At the end of the mouth, the oak woods tip the tip of his nose.
    • Finish
      Beautiful length on milk chocolate, vanilla cream and fine spices of oak.

  4. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A blended malt well done, but absolutely not worth the price being asked currently. 
    • Nose
      Big dollop of fruitiness with a wift of smoke and old leather
    • Taste
      Bright fruits, with tinned pineapples, dried mangos, slightly herbal, but quite a bit simple sugars (sweetness that may sometimes detract from the overall taste)... Balance is rather okay and the mouthfeel is somewhat thin
    • Finish
      Again, some tinned pineapples and sugary sweetness and some oak at the end.. nothing egregious but minus a point for the mild bitterness that affected the balance slightly for me.

  5. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Really, really good. And if (unlike me) you're a sweet tooth, you'll probably like this a lot better even.
    • Nose
      Fresh, sweet and balanced. Is this really bottled at almost 55 percent? Hard to believe. A touch of glue, but mainly honey, beeswax and candied bananas. It has a lot of sweetness to offer. But also a hint of lime juice, burlap and eucalyptus. There are some oranges and peaches here too.
    • Taste
      Yes, thank you please. Nice and oily. Why can't every whisky be oily and thick? Some bitter oranges and grape fruit, as well as plenty of cinnamon, ginger and some marzipan. Cane sugar too. Again, pretty sweet.
    • Finish
      Sweet with some mild spices. Pretty long.

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A great whisky, the '70s Glengoyne is clearly very present. This one goes on my wishlist.

    Thanks for the sample Douglas Laing!
    • Nose
      An intense honey sweetness. Then vanilla cookies and candied orange. After a few minutes papaya, stewed pears with cinnamon and a little beeswax. A few drops of water add dried mulberries.
    • Taste
      Again lots of honey. Orange, dried apricot and vanilla. A little leather and a spicy touch. Also here mulberries when adding water.
    • Finish
      Turkish delight, honey, coconut, cocoa, caramel and vanilla. Almonds in white chocolate in the end.

  7. Palindrome scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A harmonious blend of some rare and wondrous ichors

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 93 points Photo Moderator

    Tropical fruit bomb, less fruity and not that intense like the best undisclosed Speysiders 73 or Capers 72 but nevertheless very good!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Intense, honey, pepper, ginger, tropical fruits, mango, papaya, passion fruit, little woody notes, hints of vanilla - great!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Very oily, punchy, creamy, fruity, good sweetness, more pepper and ginger, tropical fruits, clear oak wood, citrus fruits too, cooked oranges - excellent!
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long, burning, zesty, grapefruits, more woody, not drying

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Malinos, I get the bitter notes also unfortunately my tasting notes are not showing so putting them here again.

    Nose  Plum, sour apple, polish, candle wax, some meat notes and after a while there is something fishy in the mix, like a plate of sardines in tomato sauce but in the next room (Jesus, I cannot believe I just said that), a distant fishiness???   Yeah, crab, brine, but definite seafood smell in there.  

    Taste 

    YUK, I do not like it, flat bitterness is what hits me first, that cannot be right, people are going mad for this, is my palate ok???? 

    Rinsed palate -   Not as bitter but it is still there mixed in with some fruit like guava, mango and bitter plum.  Getting creamy and the fruit is developing and it is a little lack lustre for the relatively high strength but the fruit is getting sweeter.   

    Finish 

    Medium length, quite sweet.    Neat, the finish is the best part, but the bitterness spoils it and it lacks balance for me    With Water  The nose has more fruit, the palate has more fizz and still a decent length.  I love blends but in my humble opinion old blends do not seem to go together that well, I thought the same about the Black Bull 40 year batch 1. 

    After all the glowing tributes I am disappointed with this and feel it is too expensive for the quality of the product.  The adage old is not always better certainly applies here.  It is ok but nothing more and the bitter notes swamp it.

    It is not massively bitter but everything else is quite subdued hence why I notice it.  Do not add too much water because falls away.   

    Too expenisve for what it is, I think people are being ripped off if you go on quality alone.  Yes its 40 years old but it does not matter if the quality is not there and I do not think it is here.

  10. waal scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose: mild, honey, vanilla, biscuit, malt, some wood noticeable, nectar bright fruits Taste: creamy, very sweet, vanilla ice cream, honey, malt, slightly snappy, some citrus fruit, large volume, almost too spicy Departure / aftertaste: the impressions of nose and taste continue - long, slightly spicy, sweet but also slightly bitter Comment: Yes, a good blended malt, but I already had other grenades in this age group in the glass (although not so "cheap"); had read in some places that the 40yo was a bit more complex than the 21yo. I can not confirm. I like the 21yo and therefore ... Points: 90/100

  11. Bosi scored this whisky 92 points Specialist

    The best blend I've ever had. The fruits and spices are to kneel down. This bottling shows how good blends can be. The value for money is exceptionally good for a 40 year old whiskey.
    • Nose
      Wow! That aroma is terrific and surprisingly fresh for 40 years. It shuttles between fruitiness and spice. Mint, cumin and coriander meet with rose hips, peach, orange, vanilla and fruit tea.
    • Taste
      The taste is first dominated by the wax. As with the other Timorous Beastie bottlings, a lot of honey is involved. Here, too, the duet of fruits and spices prevails: orange, tangerines, coconut, sugar beet syrup, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      The finish is long with orange juice, honey sweetness and more spices. Water enhances the spice.

  12. Defeatless scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Wonderfull sweet and oak, it really shows some depth! It has classic bourbon notes in it, but in a special way. Like there is vanilla, but it smells like very good vanilla ice-cream, there is some wood polish in it but also a slight hint of sherry.

    Taste: Sweet and sour, woody, hints of canned fruit. Some sherry notes are there too. Sweet and sour pickles. Vanilla, toffee fudge. A very very tasty dram. Some camphor and an hint of mint.

    Body: Full and creamy!

    Finish: long! Bitter sweet, bitter oranges. Some fruit syrup (as found in canned fruit). Wood and vanilla again

    Price: Between 275 and 300 euro is very fair for this bottle and quality!

    Presentation: Very well! sober and not too serious!

    Comments: A very well blended malt!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. ctu scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I think it's a very good blend, takes particular the sweet / sour games. Despite of the 40 years it's not overmatured, and it has an excellent price / performance ratio!
    • Nose
      Sufficiently complex and clear, but decided: lots of vanilla, tropical fruits, waxy apples, flower honeys,
      spices: ginger and cinnamon, butterscotch, oak, along with a slightly leather, tobacco and marzipan
    • Taste
      Sweet vanilla on the beginning, followed by a line of spices: pepper, cinnamon and ginger, then the citruses:
      grapefruit and tangerine, finally the sweeter fruits: waxy apples, banana, pear and grape, alongside with tea, flower honeys,
      butterscotch, maple syrup, fresh mint, garden plants and bitter oak ... what a combo!
    • Finish
      Medium length, sweet but slightly too dry, spicy and fruity:
      mainly barley sugar, luscious tangerine and bitter oak

  14. Gris scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    http://www.justanotherdram.com/notes/timorous-beastie-40yo-douglas-laing.html

    Note: 91/100 (I don't know since when the sample seller's bottle was opened, I have the impression that when opened it would have deserved 92/100)
    • Nose
      Extremely smooth and fabulously fruity. This blend of Blair Athol, Glen Garioch, Dalmore and Glengoyne keeps its promises. Nice notes of oranges and honey. Vanilla is also very present, accompanied by spices and a touch of tobacco. By being more on the back smell of Papy's cigar box. A little pastry touch like rum baba. Nice balance going from one thing to another, not to say from one extreme to another.
    • Taste
      Oily on the palate, not as much as I hoped considering the nose but… Ok, I'll say it one more time, it's super nice feeling. It's always fruity and even bordering on syrupy. Oranges are always present, accompanied by mandarins but also cane sugar. A nice touch of spices and ginger to spice it up, followed by a slight dryness in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Medium length, a little dry. The fruits quickly take off to give way to spices and slightly woody notes.

  15. Palindrome scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The title of the whisky was taken from a Robert Burns poem called “To A Mouse.” This ode is fairly difficult for modern eyes to decipher. Here’s the line from which the title is taken: “Wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim’rous beastie, O, what a pannic’s in thy breastie!” This roughly translates into the lines: “Little, sleek, cowering, timid beast / Oh, what a panic is in your chest!”

    To call Timorous Beastie 40 Year Old “smooth” is both a cliche, as well as an understatement. Yes, it requires dedication and patience to fully appreciate. No, it’s not suited for sipping quickly with an eye on one’s pocket watch (or cell phone). Regardless of the occasion, however, drinking this dram at its native cask strength is not so very hard.

    Such a feat might come as a surprise to the timid of heart, especially considering the fact that the malt blend was bottled in 2016 at a whopping 109.4 proof. Hence the relevance of this whisky’s cryptic, though colorful, title. At any rate, let’s move on to the business of sniffing and tasting, to see what sort of impressions jump out of the glass.

    Appearance: Fair legs grip the sides of your glass as passionately as Madonna straddling a dancer on stage. Well-defined beading corroborates this whisky’s forty year old age statement. I just love the pale gold color, which seems darker in the bottle.

    Nose: Baked cinnamon roll; caramel corn; tropical fruits like mango and papaya; figgy pudding; beeswax; clover honey; allspice; and finally, a whisper of oak. The wood presence seems to hover, out of time, occasionally interrupting the orderly procession of other notes, which come and go like clockwork in every sip (more or less).

    Palate: Wow, this opens more bombastically than I’d expected from the delicate and complex nose. Enter: junk food junkie. I’m getting notes of Bit o’ Honey, Twix Bar, and Butterfinger. Meanwhile, the tip of my tongue feels tricked by lemon zest and dried orange peel. But wait, there’s more . . . . Lemon Pledge announces its presence, moving the palate in a more industrial direction. In the past, I’ve encountered this rare tasting note before in old Highland and Campbeltown malts. What a nice surprise!

    Malty notes are also big players in this blend. They brighten up one’s dram considerably, giving the impression of warm, baked goods. Mmm, a chance to taste the cinnamon roll that was present in the nose. Decadent! I really like the way the malts come together to form a cohesive overall impression, rather than struggling against each other like disgruntled Highland chieftains.

    Lastly, comes a bitter, woody note . . . which is actually quite a welcome change. Why? Because bitterness mitigates so many top-heavy, sweet notes, which initially coated the tongue. Along with the oak, dried pressed flowers add a delicate, floral note. Very nice. Wait for the finish . . . here it comes: long as long can be, and finally expiring with a brush of Lemon Pledge on antique wood furniture.

    As a caveat, it’s worth mentioning how the addition of water tends to ameliorate some of the overpoweringly dominant sugary notes, thus adding more depth to the whisky. By “depth,” we’re talking about more of an interplay between malt and oak, which never exceeds a (pleasingly) timorous role in the blend. Of course, such a statement is not meant to seem ungrateful for Douglas Laing’s generously high ABV.

  16. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Color: Full Gold

    Nose: Lovely. You're smacked in the face with beeswax and fresh fruit. Such a wonderful combination, deftly executed here. It's a characteristic profile of non-heavy (sherry, peat, or even "big" malts like Mortlach) malts that reach this age (compare it to some of the undisclosed mid-'70s Speysiders minus the tropical nature of the fruit). At the same time, you really are taken aback by how "fresh" it feels. Kind of an odd combination, but still a remarkably good one. Citrus starts to emerge, as well. And before you think it's not particularly complex, as it develops in the glass, you even come across something of a solvent note, which plays really well as a tinge to the primary surge of beeswax and fruit. Water pulls out more farmy notes: hay, specifically.

    Taste: The arrival is about what you'd expect at near 55%, there's a little nip, but it's definitely drinkable neat. In fact, it's damned good. The mouth feel is medium, but that suits the profile here--this is not some oily, mouth-coating monster. Instead, it's a balanced, delicate-but-full old glory. The fresh fruits continue, but they've got a richer, fuller depth here. Strong flavors--we're not talking green apple or anything like that, but ripe plums, etc. The honey is there, of course, but because of the fruit, it has a darker taste. None of this, of course, is meant to suggest sherry traits. Sweeter when water is added, like rich fruit syrups being incorporated.

    Finish: Lingers on the richer elements of the fruit and honey.

    Comments: A total stunner. When you factor in the price when it was originally sold (and the very nominal mark-up at which I bought it at an auction shortly after it sold out in the primary market), it's one of the greatest bottles I've ever beheld. This is every bit in the class of super-premium bottles that actually live up to their price and hype. I mentioned the large parcel of undisclosed Speysiders from the 1970s earlier on as a partial smell comparison. They're also a good analogy for overall quality: If you follow things closely, know where to look, and all that, then you can occasionally find unbelievable value among the indies with blended and undisclosed malts. That's certainly the case here, and Douglas Laing should be commended.

  17. Shivan1999 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I tried this drop as a sample. That's why I dare not write any Tastingnotes after the consumption of 2 Cl.
    My impression was that I would not spend this money on this whiskey. He was tasty, but in the PLV sucks underground.

  18. lincolnimp scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    It is over a year since I tried this so lets see if I still think it is worth a relatively low (all things considering) 75 points which is my MOTR score for whisky generally.
    Actually I think 75 points is too good this is far to bitter neat like a grain whisky gone bad,
    I think many people thought that a 40 year for roughly £200 was a good buy on its release and they would be right but the high score really flatters this one this is a £30-£40 taste all day long in my respectful book.

  19. Docmacwhisky scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Whiskyfun awarded 91 points to the Timorous Beastie 40 year old. "Now let’s go buy a bottle or a case of that wee beastie…"

  20. aphex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A good blended malt. Tasty but just a bit too tart, a bit tiring and lacking some complexity for me.
    • Nose
      Very fruity. Peaches, apricots, oranges. A spoon of honey, menthol and leathery notes.
    • Taste
      Oily, fruity, waxy, syrupy, spicy, juicy. Apricots, oranges. Sweet and tart. A touch of oak brings some bitterness.
    • Finish
      Long, drying, oaky and mentholated.

  21. daverdaz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  22. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Mmmh, mashed fruits: mirabelle plums, banana, melon ... Fresh and minty. Very sweet, and honeyed. The oak appears gradually. With water, some citrus notes in addition. On the palate, frank attack on the oak. Intense and bitter. The first sip is really very dry, the following is sweet. Final also on oak and bitterness, reminiscent of coffee. Beautiful !

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  23. Beerwin scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Fantastic whisky but a bit pricey!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      94 94

  24. Helgo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  25. LordBellamy scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Bamm, it starts right from the beginning like a grenade. Full, rich nose, beautiful honey sweetness, almonds, vanilla and marzipan. A lot of ripe fruits like apricot, peach, pineapple, gooseberry, green apples and mirabelle plums, caramel and a dash of spices from the oak like pepper, ginger and cinnamon, somehow it always changes from sweet to sour (green apple, pineapple and gooseberry) and then to the spices - all very well interwoven and hugely combined

    Taste: The interplay continues, sweet fruits, sour fruits and spices, but here more cinnamon and ginger, the oak comes to bear more. But well balanced again, because you can chew on it forever, you do not want to swallow

    Finish: long, very long! Here dominates the green apple at the beginning, later comes through the honey increasingly, and it ends with many woody spicy notes, again ginger

    Conclusion: Fantastic !!!! Who needs single malt when there are such blended malts? A high on the Blender by Douglas Laing - 92 points

  26. mQkz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  27. Jean-Brice scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    very good blend
    • Nose
      Quince paste, yellow fruits, expressive
    • Taste
      herbs and fruits
    • Finish
      rather long

  28. jankes scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  29. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The aroma was mellow and mild with a clarity of flavor as shortbread and citrus wafted out of the glass, eventually followed by oaky elements of cinnamon and brown sugar. A mild grassiness linked orange, bergamot, and antique linens with a spice box of peppercorns and honey-roasted almonds together. The palate was medium-bodied but intensely flavored— an explosion of honey rained down as sticky clover honey, honeycomb, and wax flooded the palate. Herbal tobacco, orange citrus, and malty shortbread cookies stood out as the honey receded. The oak gradually asserted itself with white pepper and patchouli as a long and lingering creamy finish of vanilla and honey with a touch of pepper set in.

    I expected something a bit reserved and skittish— not least because of Douglas Laing’s image of Burn’s timid mouse. Yet this was anything but timid, the aroma was mellow, but the flavor profile was overflowing with bright waxy honeycomb. The recipe for this blended malt included Glengoyne, Dalmore, Glen Garioch, and Blair Athol, all aged at least 40 years as of 2016, meaning the youngest component was born sometime around the US Bicentennial in 1976.

    You expect a dram to mellow out at forty years, but this was pure concentrated honey, straight from the royal Queen’s private reserves. An absolutely stellar blended malt that left me searching to see whether it was still available (nope, I missed that train by a few years).

    Mental Image: Queen Bee’s Private Reserve.

    https://whiskeryturnip.com/home/2022/6/25/timorous-beastie-40-year-blended-malt-douglas-laing
    • Nose
      Shortbread, orange, lemon tea, grass, antique linens, peppercorns, honey-roasted almonds, olive oil, honey, polished wood.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, dropping with honey and waxy honeycomb, shortbread cookies, citrus, hints of tobacco, creamy-butter vanilla and honey, old wood with hints of white pepper and patchouli, malty biscuits and honey linger at the end.
    • Finish
      Long and lingering with honey and a touch of pepper

  30. gaboruso scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  31. Coldorak scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    So, what do I think? That it’s a shame I didn’t buy a bottle when it was released. Sure, I was far to spend £200+ on a bottle at that time, but little did I know then. This is a festival of fruits both on the nose and the palate. The alcohol is well integrated with enough oomph but no excessive heat, the mouthfeel is creamy, and there are tons and tons of flavours and aromas for you to pick. But at RRP, and especially since there’s no grain in it (less costly than malt), it deserved the price. Would I pay £350 and more now on the secondary market? I don’t know. But that’s probably because I don’t like to pay more than RRP on the secondary market. I can accept a 10-15% increase above RRP at auction but I don’t like when it’s above that. Because if I’m honest, I’d probably be tempted to buy a bottle at that price if it was released now. I’d seriously consider it.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The nose starts quite fruity, tropical, with passion fruits, mango, pineapple, guava, but also more “local” fruits with apple, apricot… There’s also some very shy peaty note, would that be from the Glen Garioch? Oh and citrus notes too: lemon, orange peel, it seems the blended robbed a fruit merchant. Beeswax, honey, roasted and sliced almonds and mentholated notes. Very elegant nose.

      The addition of a few drops of water provides a sweeter touch, with icing sugar, vanilla and dark berries.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Neat, it’s a fruit festival once again. Citrus, orange, pineapple, passion fruits, apricot, Granny Smith apple, pomelo, grapefruit… and spices with ginger, all spice, giving a kick but perfectly under control, with a creamy mouthfeel. Aniseed, menthol again, coffee beans.

      With water, the sourness is slightly increased, it’s a wee bit more oaky too, as well as some dark chocolate (like 60-70% cocoa).
    • Finish
      90 90
      Mentholated dark chocolate, lemon juice, plum, slightly ashy and creamy at the same time on the tongue, quite long.

  32. geriud scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  33. geriud scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  34. geriud scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  35. W_Kun scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose: So smooth, so Yummy. Buttered tart with very ripe, juicy apricots. Vanilla, sweetness. A real kouign-amann (famous breton pastry)! Fruit spread and orange zest.

    Mouth: buttered, spicy, pastry. Sweet (Apple Candy), notes of aromatic plants (laurel and verbena). Delicately oaky, autumn leaves. A little taste of Strawberry Oat Clusters and natural yogurt (discovered on Islay) covered with an oily honey veil.

    The final is still honeyed with an hint of lemon. Some fresh notes of herbs.

    Nice length! Superb :)

  36. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  37. Vloebi scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  38. Griller76 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    The taste is amazing. For me, it's full of mandarins. Gorgeous!

  39. Tastingbros scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Full review here :
    https://tastingbros.com/2020/12/30/i-found-some-wee-mouses-holidays-blends-part-2/
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  40. BehindSpace scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    superb ex BC nose.
    should have bought one.

    The malt has everything I look for in an ex BC Malt and nothing that I don't like. The evaluation is of course subjective.

    Nice fruity, exotic.

    no acid, no moldy wood. Tolerates water, but does not need any ...

    The only point of criticism: You don't necessarily smell and taste the 40 years. There are malts with 20-30 years that come very close to this
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  41. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  42. Dris scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  43. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  44. mds51 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
      Apricots, citrus, floral notes, sweetened ginger, honey, a hint of eucalyptus

      On the nose you could smell hours :)
      Great bright fruit bomb!
    • Taste
      85 85
      Speculoos, cloves, something kräutriges, which is almost in the direction of a mountain herb. Menthol, very low seasoning on tap

      Astonishingly, the fruitiness, which is still prevalent in the mouth during nosing, can not be found again.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The spice variety lingers for a while in the mouth and is increasingly overtaken by some bitterness.

  45. Malinois scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    All the notes are quite the same and I find all those things in the dram. Only nobody seams to get that bitter note? I'm quite sensitive against bitterness, I find it back after 4-5 seconds in the mouth and finish. The sweat tinned fruits are lovely, but the biter notes in the end take the dram to a lower level... But still enjoyable most of the times!

  46. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I saw this bottling hitting the shelves for 260€ three or four months ago. It's worth that amount of money but NOT the current prices that are much higher.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  47. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: Last time I thought I was trying this TB 40yo, it was in fact the NAS version WB. This is definitely the 40yo, yet ironically it's similarly youthful and fruity - some clever re-cask rejuvenation going on.
    T: Sour tasting, the wood pushing proceedings but well within tannic limits. There’s now an exceedingly well balanced, clean, oily and fruity-cereal-oaked journey.
    F: Same again, now with a little olive brine. The soft, sour oak comes through firmly but without ever dominating.
    C: Now i’ve tried both, the young & old TB share a very similar youthful character though this 40yo is in a different league. Blog

    Scores a B+

  48. lincolnimp scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Too expenisve for what it is, I think people are being ripped off if you go on quality alone.

    Yes its 40 years old but it does not matter if the quality is not there and I do not think it is here.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      73 73

  49. lincolnimp scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Neat, the finish is the best part, but the bitterness spoils it and it lacks balance for me

    With Water

    The nose has more fruit, the palate has more fizz and still a decent length.

    I love blends but in my humble opinion old blends do not seem to go together that well, I thought the same about the Black Bull 40 year batch 1.

    After all the glowing tributes I am disappointed with this and feel it is too expensive for the quality of the product.

    The adage old is not always better certainly applies here.

    It is ok but nothing more and the bitter notes swamp it. It is not massively bitter but everything else is quite subdued hence why I notice it.

    Do not add too much water because falls away.
    • Nose
      Plum, sour apple, polish, candle wax, some meat notes and after a while there is something fishy in the mix, like a plate of sardines in tomato sauce but in the next room (Jesus, I cannot believe I just said that), a distant fishiness???

      Yeah, crab, brine, but definite seafood smell in there.
    • Taste
      YUK, I do not like it, flat bitterness is what hits me first, that cannot be right, people are going mad for this, is my palate ok????

      Rinsed palate -

      Not as bitter but it is still there mixed in with some fruit like guava, mango and bitter plum.

      Getting creamy and the fruit is developing and it is a little lack lustre for the relatively high strength but the fruit is getting sweeter.
    • Finish
      Medium length, quite sweet.

  50. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  51. Mascht scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    looks much younger than 40 years
    • Nose
      Malt, acid, green apple
    • Taste
      Acid, sherry, cocoa, very fresh
    • Finish
      Long

  52. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A great and delightful blended malt! Sweet, rich and quite
    satisfying. Very well balanced with lingering vanilla, delicate fruit,
    and warm spices. Despite the old age the cask influence is by no means
    intrusive. A stunningly great dram at a fair price for a 40yo whisky.

    I thank Douglas Laing for the sample!

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    • Nose
      The nose starts off with plenty of vanilla, butterscotch and delicate
      marzipan. A bit flowery and fruity with dried flowers and tangerines.
      Sweet notes of cereals nicely linger with ginger, cinnamon, subtle oak
      and spiced honey in the back. Fresh, clean and very appealing!
    • Taste
      Lovely sweet on the palate with cereals, honey, butterscotch and a touch
      of citric fruits - tangerine and lemon. This is accompanied by a warm
      mix of delicate spices - cinnamon, pepper, caramelised ginger, allspice
      and oak. Slightly bitter notes of grape peel, pink grapefruit and tea
      leaves towards the finish. Quite pleasant and tasty!
    • Finish
      The finish shows quite good length with creamy and sweet notes of
      vanilla, barley sugar and honey. Slightly drying notes of oak and
      tannins on the tail.

      WITH WATER: Fresh and clean on the nose with a
      few drops of water. There's even more vanilla coming through, lovely
      mixed with fruity flavours of lemon and tangerine. Marzipan, oak and
      spicy notes are all tamed while sweet honey lingers in the back. Very
      sweet, soft and creamy on the palate with vanilla, cereals, tangerins,
      apricots and significantly tamed spices. The finish is medium to long,
      slightly warm with honey and prickling oak on the tail.

  53. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Well I must say I’m a bit underwhelmed, I tasted and re-tasted this several times and it just can’t seem to impress me the way I expected from a 40YO. Yes the aromas are lush and lovely but on the palate it seems to lack some depth and power for my taste.
    All in all a interesting dram but not the complexity I expected.
    • Nose
      Subtle, soft, fresh and well balanced with aromas of ginger, dried flowers, honey, hint of fennel seeds, tangerines, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, porridge, hint of caster sugar, cedar wood, caramel, hint of rosewood, hint of tobacco, new leather, beeswax, more vanilla, subtle orange zest, hint of steel, brioche, apple tarte tatin and oak.
    • Taste
      Powerful yet subtle, fresh and balanced with aromas of citrus (tangerine and orange) ginger, cinnamon, pepper, honey, maple syrup, vanilla, brown sugar, cedar wood, toffee, subtle tannins, oak, fresh fruits (apple, pear, pineapple, grape and subtle banana), grape seeds, hint of mint tea, old tea, earthy tones and subtle oak.
    • Finish
      A medium to long and slightly drying finish with aromas of canned tangerine, icing sugar, vanilla, honey, fresh fruits and a hint of oak.

  54. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Move over, Mickey!
    There was once a lovely little mouse named Timorous Beastie, but now Douglas Laing released the Timorous Beastie 40 Year old, a blended malt with Highland whiskies from the 1970s, including Glen Garioch, Dalmore and Glengoyne, bottled at 54,7%. There are only 1081 bottles around. Well, that’s 1080 for retail and one unique golden bottled that Douglas Laing will give away to a lucky winner that wrote tasting notes from the provided 2cl sample. Undersigned pleads guilty.
    Ha, what a fruity nose. Not a fruit bomb per sé, but very close. Lovely tropical notes from papaya and candied oranges, drenched in acacia honey and beeswax, making it wonderfully waxy. Grain cookies on steroids. A truckload of vanilla. Stewed apples sprinkled with cinnamon and a hint of woodsmoke. Menthol for a fresh touch and a broad smile. Grand nose.
    It has a great body and is mouth coating. And explosion of honey and vanilla upon arrival is soon followed by a spicy kick with cinnamon in the lead, followed closely by ginger and cloves. Vanilla, sure, but also a fresh leaf of mint. The fruit evolves from oranges to pink grapefruit. Garden herbs? Do I detect a hint of mescal? Sweet, sour, bitter, it has got it all and more.
    The finish is long, starting out on candied fruit and ending in a drying leathery death.
    Move over, Mickey! You are no longer my favorite mouse! Around 260 EUR for a bottle, which is very fair for this piece of liquid art.

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