Overall rating
Blended Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Sherry Edition
Stated Age
21 years old
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
46.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L 14 10 16 3 13:51 BB
Added on
03 Nov 2016 1:32 pm by Dris

Average value

€ 135,00

28 × in wishlist

106 × member ratings

295 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Timorous Beastie 21-year-old DL

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.93 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I have to disagree with Serge on this one. Way too little cask character for 21 years; the sherry does nose nicely but is way too overt and masks anything that might lie beneath. The finish, too, is nothing to write home about, especially not for a malt of this age.

    I'd wager we're dealing with lesser-quality casks here, finished in first-fill sherry to put lipstick on a pig, as it were. Note that the bottle carries no information on the precise mode of maturation, only that this has "a big sherry influence" (no argument from me here). Also somewhat hot, which, again, is a bit weird for the stated age. 

    I've grown very disenchanted with the whole "regional malts" series (some of the NAS versions were so immature as to border on the frivolous). This isn't bad per se, it just does not deliver what I'd expect from a sherry-matured 21-year-old. Not worth the asking price. 

  2. waal scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Timorous Beastie 21yo WID 88718 https://www.whiskybase.com/.../timorous-beastie-21-year-old-dl #WagnerAlexTastingNotes
    21yo: Nose: strong sherry influence with nuts, nutmeg and fruits, fresh, lively, sweet, vanilla, some leather, slightly herbaceous, blood oranges & strawberries, Hefezopf, raisins, which are given in many notes, I could not even guess - usually I have The very good in the nose, but here was not even the way to my raisin pack and a good train of it an impact on my senses Taste: tasty, low in alcohol, sweet and fruity but also spicy, very good balance between the aromas, milk chocolate, orange zest Finish / aftertaste: some leather, "old", very fruity, long, spicy, slightly astringent, slightly sweet Comment: I like it very much and joins a long list of good ex-Sherry Malts (yes, this one is a blended one); However, he can not stand out for me Points: Good 90/100

  3. BehindSpace scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    you need to like those muddy, dampy aromas to enjoy this one..

  4. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      dark honey, pine needles, chocolate, cinnamon, grass, cherry, orange, lemon zest, strawberries, blackberries, baked apple with cinnamon, fresh apple, pear
    • Taste
      Oh that is very interesting.
      Very soft and sweet in the mouth with honey, melon, strawberry, lime, then some grapefruit, wood and coffee
      As soon as you swallow it comes a lot of pepper and chili. Once the sharpness has subsided, a slight sweetness remains. He has a really long finish

  5. Steven79 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Kaleva scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great whisky! Rich and complex nose, wonderfully fruity and floral. Also very rich palate with beautiful sherry influence. Excellent blended malt, very balanced, complex and very "summer" by its nature. Still can be found for a bit over 100 euros and the price looks very reasonable for this quality
    • Nose
      Very soft and smooth, floral (acacia and cherry blossom), honey, sweet oranges, overripe yellow apples, toffee, white chocolate, butter, vanilla and green tea after adding water
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily, vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, ripe pear, brown sugar
    • Finish
      Medium-long, mouthwatering, sweet, a bit spicy, fudge notes

  7. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great blended malt that just makes Dalmore rise in my esteem.
    • Nose
      The label promises the best of three worlds (Glengoyne, Dalmore, Glen Garioch). In the nose, the sherry is immediately there and he is very pleasant. Soft, creamy, balanced between sweetness and spice. Raisins, plums and trail mix with a variety of nuts. Honey sweetness mixes with aromatic herbal notes.
    • Taste
      extremely round, full of body. Cinnamon seasoning makes your mouth dry, but is immediately offset by rosy and malty sweetness (Glengoyne speaks up). Fresh freshness (orange zest), which one would not expect here, is the Dalmore price and the boiled apple makes Glen Garioch recognize. Perfect drinking strength.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, soft and with such a fine spiciness and bitterness, reminiscent of green tea.

  9. Defeatless scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Sweet sherry influence, it is not a sherry bomb, but clearly sherry. There are red fruits and dried raisins in here. There is also something in as I would describe as hay farm stable.

    Sweet. There is again quite some sherry notes here. Also it is quite hardy (umami?). Which is from Oloroso casks if I'am right. There is a little wood in here.

    Full and smooth

    Medium-long. Yet again the hardy sherry. A tad dry, but that's fine with a 21yo. It becomes a bit bitter in the and and the wood is coming through more and more.

    I got mine for around 100,- euro's which is fine, but not a steal.

    I like these bottles with the mouse, but the rest of the series is cool too.

    I have the 40yo too, which was excellent. It made me expect more from this one. It is certainly good whisky, but nothing compared with it's 40yo brother.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. PeterCr scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nice balance and dynamics in flavours. Not overly complex but enough to make it interesting. The sherry is clearly recognisable but the spicy notes rule over the sweetness which is different to a lot of the sweet sherry bombes now-a-days!
    • Nose
      A nice spicy (baking spices) attack with some dried fruit (figs) in the background. There is also a hint a cookie dough in there and some orange peels.
    • Taste
      Sweet attack (caramel, some toffee and honey) with a creamy mouth coating texture. The firmness of the nose doesn’t follow through in the taste which is a lot softer. After the sweetness you get some spicy notes (pepper, cloves).
    • Finish
      Medium long finish which ends a bit dry. The spicy notes remain in the finish together with some citrus notes (orange peel again).


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