Old and Particular Single Grains

Girvan 50yr XOP (Douglas Laing) We all hear people say I only drink single malts and talk down on blended malts, blended scotch and grain whiskies as if they are inferior when in fact they are anything but.

This article is a small selection of some of the amazing single grain whiskies being nurtured and bottled by the amazing talents at Douglas Laing.

from both the Old Particular and Xtra Old Particular range this range of drams ranges in ages from 11 to 50 and includes both currently operating and closed distilleries.

Grain whisky has a sweet edge, and just as much complexity as malt whisky and should not be overlooked, it also makes a great dram to have with Dessert as the sweetness matches well with desserts without adding any further sugar content.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for some of these drams, remember to check out their Online Store for more.


Cambus 24yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Cambus 24yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing) This awesome single grain whisky from the closed Cambus distillery arrived as part of my Douglas Laing fellows pack.

Cambus is one of a number of closed Grain distilleries where Douglas Laing still have stock and are bottling these beauties.

Sweet, melony, tangy, fresh, lots of different complex flavours in this tasty dram, one i need to sort myself a bottle of.

If you like the sound of it also it is in stock at Master of Malt

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official sample as part of my fellow pack

 

dusty and dunnage warehouse notes first, then some tweed like foosty notes, some sweet icing sugar, sweet Galia melon skins, hints of balsa wood and sugar coated plum skins, some grape juice.

Sweet, juicy, spicy, tangy, there's citrus peel, pith, a splash of artificial sweetener and icing sugar, Galia melon skin and chunks of honeydew melon.

Sweet, juicy, fresh, juicy.

Bottle Name: Cambus 24yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
Age: 24
ABV: 51.50
Distiller: Cambus (Closed)
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Grain
From: Scotland, Lowland


Cameronbridge 24yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Cameronbridge 24yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing) When someone suggested matching this Cameronbridge 24 year old with a spiced mixed fruit scone with clotted cream and mixed fruit jam i was a little sceptical, but it was an absolute delight.

fresh, fruity, spicy, tangy, delicious, this dram is right up my street and thus why i bought a bottle, delicious stuff, and great with afternoon tea.

If you like the sound of it also it is in stock at Master of Malt

 

light nose initially with ozone and light airy notes like fresh laundry, vanilla infused icing sugar, light hints of oriental spices creep in and with time in the glass a waxy citrussy note and pressed flowers

vanilla cream, hints of butterscotch angel delight and smooth fresh clotted cream, a splash of drumstick lollies and some mixed fruit sorbet, clean but fruity a tingle of spice in there too

some clean, fresh fruity sorbet, then tingles of cinnamon spice, medium long and tannic/pithy

Bottle Name: Cameronbridge 24yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
Age: 24
ABV: 51.50
Distiller: Cameronbridge
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Grain
From: Scotland, Lowland


Girvan 50yr XOP (Douglas Laing)

Girvan 50yr XOP (Douglas Laing) a 50 year old single grain whisky, yes please, anything that is older than you are really has to be experienced to be believed and when you get to a certain age it becomes harder to find whiskies that are of that extra age.

This 50 year old from Girvan distillery in Ayrshire is a cracking dram full of sweet sugary notes along with aged toasted oak and butteryness. a seriously tasty dram.

my inital hunting around meant i couldn't find a bottle still available but keep looking and you might be able to get this exquisite 50 year old dram.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official sample as part of my fellow pack

 

light fresh ozone, sweet light caster sugar, buttery vanilla toffee and caramel, soft oak and light wood spices, lightly toasted white bread and a hint of honeydew melon. Becomes more toffee and caramel infused as it sits in the glass.

Sweet juicy fruity notes, fresh honeydew melon and a coating of sweet caster sugar, light wood spices, lightly toasted bread, sweet caramel, hints of furniture polish, seriously yummy

Hints of light wood spices, fresh honeydew melon, sweet and long lasting.

Bottle Name: Girvan 50yr XOP (Douglas Laing)
Age: 50
ABV: 43.70
Distiller: Girvan
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Grain
From: Scotland, Lowland


Loch Lomond 19yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Loch Lomond 19yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing) Another interesting Douglas Laing single grain this Loch Lomond 19 year old has much more cereal and spice notes than i was expecting.

i'm used to the really sweet softness of grain whiskies but this Loch Lomond is more cereal rich and bitter orange peel and pith, an interesting dram, if not the one i would first on my list.

If you like the sound of it also it is in stock at Master of Malt

 

sweet initial nose that is quite grassy and grainy, cereal like, lots of freshly ground cereal notes, like being in a mill room, vanilla victoria sponge with light waxy orange peel notes

quite full on the palate with more vanilla sponge cake then lots of orange peel and pith, dry wholemeal bread and a touch of fresh summer berry compote

pithy and bitter, but grows sweeter and more berried

Bottle Name: Loch Lomond 19yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
Age: 19
ABV: 51.50
Distiller: Loch Lomond
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Grain
From: Scotland, Highland


Port Dundas 11yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Port Dundas 11yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing) I've been through a couple of this bottles, and a sample, before getting round to finally writing my notes on this, its just so damn drinkable.

spicy, smoky, almost like tequila or mezcal this is a dram that looks tame but has bite, hints of mocha and a lot of sweetness, a dram i love and hope you do too.

Available to pick up at Robert Graham and other specialist retailers

 

instantly not as light as the colour would have you believe, sugar coated wasabi peanuts, tequila like smoky cask char and vegetation, hints of those coffee sweets from a box of lily o'briens chocolates

light and creamt, sugary chantilly cream, quite fresh, touches of leafy herbacious notes, milk chocolat and gently smokes meats but without the meatiness, barley sugars and spiced mixed nuts

quite long lasting, fresh sugary cream and leafiness

Bottle Name: Port Dundas 11yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
Age: 11
ABV: 48.40
Distiller: Port Dundas
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Grain
From: Scotland, Lowland


Strathclyde 10yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)

Strathclyde 10yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing) This dram is a sister cask to the Mystery Single Grain that i tried at Douglas Laing a couple of years back.

Aged for 9 and 1/2 years in bourbon then finished or a period of 6 months in european oak ex-sherry casks this dram is a great example of why people should not ignore grain whiskies and how sherried drams should be done.

a stonking dram, ive been through a couple of bottles already, and would advise you to hunt one down asap.

Why not try Master of Malt for a sample of this delicous dram

 

sweet toffee coffee rich fruits and tinned fruit salad, chocolate buttons, soft fruits, lovely coffee flavoured scones, lovely stuff

coca cola, toffee, creamy, wine gums, sweet juices, coffee/macchiato, banana chips, toffee, yum

sweet yumminess

Bottle Name: Strathclyde 10yr Old Particular (Douglas Laing)
Age: 10
ABV: 50.90
Distiller: Strathclyde
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Grain
From: Scotland, Lowland


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