Overall rating
Blended Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
40 years old
Number of bottles
54.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Aug 2016 8:37 pm by Eagles Fly
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 656,30

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196 × member ratings

306 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Timorous Beastie 40-year-old DL

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.23 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Palindrome scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A harmonious blend of some rare and wondrous ichors


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