CATEGORY: Blended Malt.
DISTILLERY: Dalmore, Blair Athol and Glen Garioch.
BOTTLER: Douglas Laing.
BOTTLING SERIE: Timorous Beastie.
STATED AGE: 18 years old.
NUMBER OF BOTTLES: 7258
STRENGTH: 46.8% Vol.
Love love love the funny label (my cats love it too). This baby’s said to be a vatting of Blair Athol, Dalmore, and Glen Garioch. Which rather makes sense, doesn’t it.
NOSE: malty, I’d say. That was the easy part, then I’m finding orchard fruits, apples and plums, then breads, then oatcakes, then crème brulée. We remain close to the barley and even to the ground, which is just fine.
MOUTH: really good, as good as a middle-aged ‘natural’ vatting of shy-ish malts can be. Bread, brioche, malt, more oats, sour apples, and touches of oranges. That may be Dalmore. The body’s good.
FINISH: medium, very malty, barleyish, and natural. Beer in the aftertaste. Comments: totally natural malt whisky, integrally malt-forward, with nothing in the way (peat, sherry, oak, wine, whatever). The 21 yo had more asperities, but that’s normal, this one’s only 18. Vive la nature!
TASTING NOTES: Serge Whisky Fun.
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Wonderfully rich, soft and mellow. As the glass warms, flavours of heather honey, along with soft ripe tropical fruits – banana and pineapple – plus vanilla, a hint of cinnamon and an edge of pepper.
IMHO, the best tasting notes for Timorous 18 were written by Dr Heinz Weinberger, whisky-blogger par excellence and honorary Ambassador for Douglas Laing. His notes can be found on