Rock Oyster Sherry Edition DL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Small Batch Release
Sherry Butts
46.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
08 Aug 2017 12:16 pm by DramTimeNL

Average value

€ 55.68

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Whisky Reviews for Rock Oyster Sherry Edition DL

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.99 points

  1. Thirstin scored this whisky 88 points Newbie

    Really nice deep briny maritime nose! All kinds of salty sea plants and sea creatures scraped off the bottom of a tug boat, using tarry fishing nets, and then used as coating for a fish barbeque at the beach. It’s much better after the bottle is open a while. You might try decanting this. There’s a buttery note (maybe a square of butter tossed on the cooking fish?). But not cloying. The peat aroma reminds me of Ardbeg. Palate is salty sweet with really nice tarry maritime peat note in the background and an Ardbeg peat aftertaste on the exhale. It has a nice dark fruitiness beneath. There’s quite a lot of salt, which I don’t mind myself. Much stronger peat than the 18-year-old Rock Oyster. Water dilutes the intensity a little, but seems to extend the development over a longer time. If you like intense sherried Islay malts, you should like this.

  2. Max70 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I found it interesting, also if the nose fives some hint that I haven't found in the palate.
    • Nose
      82 82
      The sherry note is evident, some smoke, and in general, a lot of sweetnes. Salty and vanilla notes.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Spices a little bit, but mostly sweet notes, vanilla ad cake, peat smoke in a very little quantity
    • Finish
      80 80
      Cinnamon and wood smoke but no persistent ad expected

  3. Sandman scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, liquorice, orange, maritime, salt, burnt rubber, honey and a mix of dark fruit.
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, liquorice, sea salt, caramel, orange marmalade, ash, honey, little chocolate and forest fruits.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, peat, caramel, sea salt, charcoal, orange marmalade, forest fruits and chocolate.

  4. Pardes scored this whisky 77 points Member Senior

    Very strange. Awesome on the nose, but downhill from there.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      71 71

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    I find this sherry edition more interesting than the original.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Good level of peat.
      Not so much sherry, as it's more red fruit and berries mix.
      Briny but sweet.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Nice ballance between sweet and salt.
      Solid texture, and some really dark notes here.
      Good amount of warming spice.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Past medium lenght.
      Spice remains warming and peat lingers.

  6. Kreimann scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      sweet smoke with light fruitiness
    • Taste
      "Smoked fish" meets liquorice, dark fruit with pepper
    • Finish
      medium with smoke

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

    An elegant blended malt. Nicely balanced with maritime flavours, dark fruits, sherry and warming spices, perfectly embraced by lingering peat smoke. Rich, lively and well put together. The maturation in sherry casks adds another layer of aroma on top to the standard version of Rock Oyster. Well done!I thank Douglas Laing for the sample and the photograph! https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/tasting-notes-english/blended-malt-whiskies/
    • Nose
      Peat and smoke on the nose followed by cereals and sweet notes of malted barley, and tender sherry. Fruity flavours arrive with oranges, cherries, subtle plums and a hint of dates, too. Fresh sea air, smoked kippers and a whiff of camphor in the background.
    • Taste
      Quite oily on the palate. Salty and sweet at the same time. Fruity notes of oranges and bananas, nicely mixed with creamy barley sugar and a warming spiciness of black pepper, oak and cloves. Hintes of sherry and dark chocolate, all wrapped in delicate peat and warm smoke.
    • Finish
      A medium long, warm and subtle dry finish with sweet barley sugar, creamy fruit and peat smoke on the tail. Pleasantly mouth-coating.

      With water: There's more medicinal notes coming through - camphor and gauze bandage - when a few drops of water are added. Peat smoke and brine but also tender sweet and fruity notes of oranges and dark fruits. Stays sweet on the palate with a significantly enhanced spiciness of cracked black pepper, oak, cloves and allspice. Warm with lingering peat smoke in the back. The finish shows medium length with warming and dry notes of peat, smoke and cloves, while the sweet and fruity flavours are already gone.

  8. ctu scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant, powerful Islands blend from DL.
    • Nose
      Smoke and peat, camphor, date, herring and salami.
    • Taste
      Salt, gum, peat and smoke, menthol and camphor, antique skin, cocoa and pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium length, fresh with peat and camphor.

  9. harzwhisky scored this whisky 65 points Expert Junior

    The worst D.L. Blended Malt of all i have tasted yet. 
    • Nose
      Smoke and Peat. Smoked  Fish something sweet. A hint of dry fruits like figs or Dates. A hint of Petrol.
    • Taste
      Salty peated smoke. Some sweetness, but less then expected. Rubber/ Tyre

    • Finish
      Smoke and  peaty dry finish

  10. thijs100 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A well-blended malt whisky. Subtle sherry influences lift this one a level higher than its unsherried sibling.
    • Nose
      Young, vibrant peat and quite a lot of licorice, as well as a fair hit of smoke and smoked kippers. Some strawberries and cherry syrup. A hint of dates too.
    • Taste
      A nice oily mouthfeel. Brine and salt, plenty of peat. A hit of rubber, as well as ripe banana, leather and chocolate. Quite spicy too. Cloves and pepper mainly.
    • Finish
      Lingering peat and broccoli. Medium in length.


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