Douglas Laings Taste the Regions Twitter Tasting

Glenallachie 2008 7yr Provenance (Douglas Laing) Last Wednesday I had the privilege of being invited to a special Douglas Laing Tweet Tasting to sample a selection of regional whisky from the Douglas Laing Provenance range. We had a selection from Highland, Speyside and Islay complimented with Uisge Source water samples from these areas.

The range had aged whisky from 7 to 11 years so it was a tasting I was looking forward to.

We were guided through the night by Jan Beckers from Douglas Laing who provided some excellent background knowledge matched with his tasting notes throughout. The initial eye opener for me was a Mortlach as I still pause and have a moments silence for the Flora and Fauna 16 year old which was a fantastic whisky both for pleasure and commercially.

Before its make over I used to use Mortlach as an intro whisky to people looking to experience an affordable malt whisky for the first time, it was perfect, smooth, fruity and great long sweet finish so how was something half its age going to do?

Another whisky that stood out that I hadn’t knowingly tried before was the Glenallachie. This is a distillery that was opened in 1967 primarily to contribute malt to the MacKinlay blend.

Benrinnes is another great distillery that has produced some fantastic whisky that’s not always recognised. MacDuff is the core malt to one of my favourite blends William Lawson and well Bunnahabain is Bunnahabain.

All the range came in at 46% ABV and with everything Douglas Laing no colouring or chill filteration. My preference for this level of ABV is not to add water some I was slightly reluctant to add some from Uisge so when I did add a droplet I am not sure my palette picked up the difference, but everyone is different.

So thank you to everyone who took part, there was some great comments and notes throughout. There is very rarely any disappointment from Douglas Laing and these certainly did not disappoint with either quality or price.

You can purchase these from the Douglas Laing Online Shop or some Specialist retailers.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the invite to the tasting and for the samples


Benrinnes 2004 11yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Benrinnes 2004 11yr Provenance (Douglas Laing) With Tom out in Dublin and both of us invited to take part in the Douglas Laing #TasteTheRegions Twitter Tasting I stepped up to do some notes and that is where i tried this Benrinnes 2004 11yr Provenance.

Benrinnes is another great distillery that has produced some fantastic whisky that’s not always recognised.

You can purchase this from the Douglas Laing Online Shop or some Specialist retailers.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the invite to the tasting and for the samples

 

Barley sugar, grassy with acetone

Smooth and Spicy, slightly buttery

Comforting and zesty lingering into buttery barley sugars.

Bottle Name: Benrinnes 2004 11yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)
Age: 11
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: Benrinnes
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


Bunnahabhain 2007 8yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Bunnahabhain 2007 8yr Provenance (Douglas Laing) With Tom out in Dublin and both of us invited to take part in the Douglas Laing #TasteTheRegions Twitter Tasting I stepped up to do some notes and that is where i tried this Bunnahabhain 2007 8yr Provenance.

Bunnahabhain is Bunnahabhain it has a great reputation for a reason and this is another fine example..

You can purchase this from the Douglas Laing Online Shop or some Specialist retailers.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the invite to the tasting and for the samples

 

Fruity malty and woody. Hints of apples slight caramel

A classy youthful zing. A little bit fruit and nut bar. Malty and grassy

Warm and lasting spicy and fruity. Water adds a marshmallow chewiness. The best water addition,

Bottle Name: Bunnahabhain 2007 8yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)
Age: 8
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: Bunnahabhain
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


Glenallachie 2008 7yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Glenallachie 2008 7yr Provenance (Douglas Laing) With Tom out in Dublin and both of us invited to take part in the Douglas Laing #TasteTheRegions Twitter Tasting I stepped up to do some notes and that is where i tried thisGlenallachie 2008 7yr Provenance.

Another whisky that stood out that I hadn’t knowingly tried before was the Glenallachie. This is a distillery that was opened in 1967 primarily to contribute malt to the MacKinlay blend.

You can purchase this from the Douglas Laing Online Shop or some Specialist retailers.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the invite to the tasting and for the samples

 

Sherry, raisins soft oranges with slight acetone

Fruity almonds, with water I get metallic, iron

Fresh and clean slightly marmalade leaving a back taste of sherry.

Bottle Name: Glenallachie 2008 7yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)
Age: 7
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: Glenallachie
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland


MacDuff 2007 8yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)

MacDuff 2007 8yr Provenance (Douglas Laing) With Tom out in Dublin and both of us invited to take part in the Douglas Laing #TasteTheRegions Twitter Tasting I stepped up to do some notes and that is where i tried this MacDuff 2007 8yr Provenance.

MacDuff is the core malt to one of my favourite blends, William Lawson, so I was always going to like this one

You can purchase this from the Douglas Laing Online Shop or some Specialist retailers.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the invite to the tasting and for the samples

 

Malty and oak buttery

Melting caramel chew. Slightly grassy with green apples and cereal coming through

Refreshing zingy and sweet.

Bottle Name: MacDuff 2007 8yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)
Age: 8
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: MacDuff
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


Mortlach 2006 8yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)

Mortlach 2006 8yr Provenance (Douglas Laing) With Tom out in Dublin and both of us invited to take part in the Douglas Laing #TasteTheRegions Twitter Tasting I stepped up to do some notes and that is where i tried this Mortlach 2006 8yr Provenance.

Before its make over I used to use Mortlach as an intro whisky to people looking to experience an affordable malt whisky for the first time, it was perfect, smooth, fruity and great long sweet finish so how was something half its age going to do?

You can purchase this from the Douglas Laing Online Shop or some Specialist retailers.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the invite to the tasting and for the samples

 

Fruit, pears and custard like pear jelly belly or pear yoghurt.

Pears, sweet toffee and fudge With water takes away the fudge and leaves the pear again and a tinny hint, going from fresh pears to tinned pear.

For me sweet and quite long (without water)

Bottle Name: Mortlach 2006 8yr Provenance (Douglas Laing)
Age: 8
ABV: 46.00
Distiller: Mortlach
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


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