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

€ 758,30

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184 × member ratings

302 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Timorous Beastie 40-year-old DL

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.26 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. 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.  


    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.   


    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.

  6. 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

  7. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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


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