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Overall rating
85.14/100
votes
120
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
46.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5014218802184
Added on
23 May 2017 8:32 am by GIORGOS
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 89,49

18 × in wishlist

120 × member ratings

258 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Rock Oyster 18-year-old DL

26 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.14 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. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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."

  4. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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.

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • 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

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  9. 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

  10. McMoulis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

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