Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Stated Age
18 years old
46.8 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
23 May 2017 8:32 am by GIORGOS

Average value

€ 94.21

23 × in wishlist

144 × member ratings

338 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Rock Oyster 18-year-old DL

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.23 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Svjatogor scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. StephanB scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  7. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky 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."

  8. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. CST1986 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    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.

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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


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