Overall rating
85.28/100
votes
162
Whiskybase ID
WB96603
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
46.8 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Barcode
5014218802184
Added on
23 may 2017 8:32 am by GIORGOS
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 93.38

33 × in wishlist

162 × member ratings

365 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Rock Oyster 18-year-old DL

34 users have left 34 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.28 points.

  1. Likudi scored this whisky 85 points Shoplink Moderator

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

  2. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A blend of salty succulent malts, Rock Oyster is easily my favorite in Douglas Laing’s Regional Malts series, and this bottle in particular is probably my favorite >$100 blended malt. I love the salt, citrus, cream, and faint smoke or char on this. It beautifully and harmoniously combines a variety of island malts into a cohesive dram that just makes sense. What else is there to say about it, it is just a solid bottle and I love what Douglas Laing has been able to accomplish with the Regional Malts series.

    Mental Image: A Crab, probably more like Sebastian than Eugene, Tamatoa, or Zoidberg.
    • Nose
      Salt and citrus; dried kelp, stewed seaweed, and lemon rise out of the glass. Inside of a boiled crab shell, the wife calls it. Faintly smoky burnt driftwood and a bit of cream hint at some lovely aged peat.
    • Taste
      Tar, wet sand, and creamy toasted lemon meringue— the palate mirrors the nose very well. Lemon zest and pink peppercorns give a faintly floral mild refreshing spice to the dram. The wife, feeling especially poetic, described it as, ‘a salty sea carrot cultivated by a crusty crab.’
    • Finish
      Lingering bright spice and subtle cream.

  3. Kawauso scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. W_Kun scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Sparadraps, compresses first mark the nose. Then damp tobacco leaves mixed with French toast and fresh fruits (watermelon). Take a breath! You will feel the peat both earthy and vegetal with sea spray. Brush fire, tobacco leaf appear in the mouth. Ample, warm, you taste an oyster with its shell. It is accompanied by its cereal bread with fig jam on a final with subtle sweet notes.
    This treasure of the depths, without bringing you pearls of wealth, will reveal you its marine nature both delicately peated and finely sweetened. A whiskey for those who do not have sea sickness!

  5. Svjatogor scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    n: sea, smoke, leather, sweet
    t: sweet, peat
    a: sweet, sea, spicy, nice sipping

  6. EvilAFI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    It’s a Ashy Islay, not bad, but would benefit with a sweeter fruitier side.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Limes, cream, ashy, celery, vanilla, chilli pepper
    • Taste
      85 85
      Ashy, sweet, creamy, peat heat, brine, chilli pepper
    • Finish
      86 86
      Dry, tart, banana, grassy

  7. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    In and on itself all the characteristics tick the right boxes for me, the brininess, the fruitiness, the ashy finish. But somehow it doesn't harmonize. All the ingredients are there, but it's not a whole. Maybe blended malt is not really my thing, but I've never had a whisky that was this clearly a blended malt.

  8. StephanB scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  9. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 826: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFLWoWEjkh4 (after roughly 10 minutes 85/100 - and after half an hour 89/100).

    "If you're a fan and you remember big Bailie Nicol Jarvie blend, you're gonna love this."

  10. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. CST1986 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sweet citrus, seagrass, peat smoke and oak are combined to a very delightful dram here. In spite of the 18 year long maturing period I think you can differentiate the influences of the distilleries from the isles. Were it not for a slight cardboardy note in the middle of the palate (perhaps due to some tired casks in the mix), this blended malt could easily reach 90 in my book. I guess for 75 € you have to compromise a little bit.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Very expressive, on seaweed, whelks, lemon drops, melon, honey and burning heather. After a while the oak comes in, with furniture polish and cinnamon added to the fruity-grassy-peaty-sour mix. So it reaches quite a level of complexity while remaining very pleasant. You can nose this either trying to differentiate the several distillery characters blended into this malt or as a whole, either way it's fun and makes you acknowledge the blender's impressive abilities.
    • Taste
      85 85
      On the start it's just as good as the nose with these broad and refreshing citrus notes combined with melon, honey and heather. Then the peat makes its appearance intermingled with oak and a dusty cardboard note which is not quite as pleasurable as the rest of the experience. This may derive from tired refill casks that are perfectly reasonable for an island blend in order to accentuate the distinct character of these malts, but in this case they show just a bit too much. The whole thing becomes quite dry...
    • Finish
      87 87
      ...recovering in the finish. Now the cardboardiness is gone in favour of a medium long, dry, smoky honeyed finish which is very satisfying. So if you can live with that very short moment of slight disappointment on the palate, you may buy this whisky as a nice and affordable example of a well aged Islander.

  12. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  13. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light, cold smoke - more medicinal, some sulfur (matches), herbs, some honey, pine needles, apple, a few strawberries
    • Taste
      Honey, sweet muesli, lime, green apple, slight tingling on the tongue and some ginger on the finish. From the smoke I notice nothing more

  14. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Cubey666 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Story Tellers: Tasting Whisky in January 2018
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. McMoulis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  17. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  18. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    20 21 22 21 84

  19. AlainMalt09 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. Bewcastle did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    a nice blended malt whisky from my favorite regions. The price is a bit too high. Definitly better than the sherry edition from rock oyster.
    • Nose
      a bit fruit (lemon or grapefruit) and suitness, sea and salt
    • Taste
      Vanilla, light sweetness, then salty, light smoke
    • Finish
      long and intensiv, later the smoke again in the late finish

  21. Shane_IL scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    This wasn’t a bad dram but it suffers from a lack of defining character. Some of the component malts here age very well and have some lovely distinct notes to them and here I found none of those.

    Tasted at a Malt Mongers Israel Evening
    • Nose
      Stewed fruits. Slight gunpowder. Chemical smoke. Plums.
    • Taste
      Sulphur. Ozone. Dry wood. Stewed plums. Honey.
    • Finish
      Medium, sulphur. Stewed fruit. Brown sugar. Maple syrup.

  22. Holder scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Marko-I's scores are pretty good. I found the island cut, very Orkney, maritim soft in the taste.

  23. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Hm, fine, but ...
    I like the nose very much, and that's a moment when I regret that the "light" notes in the whiskey do not come across as good or sustainable in the taste, only briefly in the beginning, and then it gets mostly dark, sweet, spicy , bitter. So I am somehow disappointed and the great is nose is to blame. ;-) Nevertheless, nice to have tried, but for 80 ¬ and more I do not like that.
    • Nose
      for 46.8% quite mild, banana / lemon, cereals, lime, a hint of salt and white pepper, looks fresh and open
    • Taste
      creamy on arrival, light sweetness, jelly banana, custard, white chocolate, then it goes in the direction of milk and later dark chocolate, nutty, pepperier, earthier
    • Finish
      long, warm, first bitter chocolate, then pepper, allspice

  24. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Correct blend, well return the Islands feeling with a small Islay punch. :)
    • Nose
      Especially salty sea air and citruses. In the background mild peat and smoke, tobacco and spicy oak.
    • Taste
      Big dose of citruses and earthy peat. Pear compote with a lot of clove. Oak and pepper.
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, sweet, slightly smoky.

  25. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Very well done but not crazy complexity.
    (From the background sample that I could enjoy) Enthusiasm 3/5 Whiskey n ° 1543
    • Nose
      Maritime and strangely metallic for its age, it gives then nice notes of woody sherry. It loses a little in volume with the opening.
    • Taste
      We find the wood and sherry, with a soft texture, quite deep and delicate.
    • Finish
      Long enough on sweet spices and woody sherry again.

  26. Islaywolf scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  27. LordIslay scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  28. berarith73 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  29. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/midlands-whisky-festival-2017-part-33/

    N: “No barriers”, says AD - meaning it’s an easy access malt.
    T: A good dry combo, rounded.
    F: Rounded cask & spirit mix on chocolate malt.
    C: Well respected blended malt.Scores a C+

  30. GIORGOS scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  31. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  32. kimmosuo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

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

    A well put together, rich and lively blended malt embracing the character of Orkney, Arran, Jura and Islay. A strong, peppery and smoky dram with a sweet and creamy core of vanilla, barley and heather. Perfect for an autumnal day out on the west coast of Scotland.I thank Douglas Laing for the sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/tasting-notes-english/blended-malt-whiskies/
    • Nose
      Fresh start on the nose with sea air, coastal smoke, peat and a whiff of salt. Creamy with vanilla, ginger, malted barley and lemon curd. Subtle spicy with peppery oak in the background.
    • Taste
      Sweet vanilla and toffee mingle with white peaches, heather, barley and peat along with a warming spiciness of oak and white pepper. Minerally with a maritime touch and subtle cloves towards the finish.
    • Finish
      A medium long, salty and grainy finish with sweet and creamy heather honey, malted barley, tender coal ash and a touch of peat smoke on the tail. Nicely mouth-coating.

      With water: Quite fresh on the nose with a few drops of water. Sea air with lots of peat smoke and coal ash. Less fruity and sweet. The delicate sweetness is tamed on the palate, too, while more peppery oak and cloves are coming through. Peat smoke and allspice towards the finish. The finish shows medium length with a warming and spicy core, followed by subtle heather and vanilla sweetness. Becomes fairly dry on the tail.

  34. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Impressive blending, with plenty of Islay influence shining through, especially on the palate. 
    • Nose
      Plenty of citrus, lime and lemon yoghurt. A whiff of copper coins, but also spiced biscuits, very subtle peat smoke, tobacco and milk chocolate. Even somewhat floral at times. Balanced and complex. Gorgeous.
    • Taste
      An earthy peatiness and subtle wood smoke, accompanied by the citrus already displayed on the nose, and seaweed too. A pinch of pepper, also some cloves and brine.
    • Finish
      Brine, pepper and smoke. Quite long too.

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