Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Timorous Beastie–Douglas Laing

First Big Peat (Islay), then last year Scallywag (Speyside), now Timorous Beastie – a vatting of Highland malts, including Blair Athol, Glen Garioch, Dalmore and Glengoyne.

Timorous Beastie (Douglas Laing), Highland vatted malt, 46.8% B+

Timorous BeastieNose – Sour plums, wax polish, lots of orchard fruit – apple and unripe pear.  Wood chips.  Hazelnut toffee.  Some raw cereal.  Quite stern and young, but with reasonable balance.

Body – Sweet, then wooded.  Young and fresh but the cereal detracts.  Water brings out the sweetness a little more and rounds out the edges.

Finish – Chinese notes of water chestnut and lotus root.  Good structure and malt notes right through delivery.  Lingering, quite cloying sweetness at the end.

What’s not good about it – Young, stern and cereal driven.  Not very timorous!  Big Peat is much better.

What’s good about it – Good balance, a good young blend (of malts), and an interesting delivery. 

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