Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 999.95

75 × in wishlist

229 × member ratings

329 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Timorous Beastie 40-year-old DL

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.18 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 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. 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

  10. 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.


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