Strathclyde 2005 9yr Clan Denny (Douglas Laing)
If i was pushed i'd always say i preferred Malt whisky to Grain whisky and ex Bourbon to Ex Sherry but this dram has changed that for me.
Back in December on a visit to Douglas Laing a chat with Fred ended with us tasting a dram Jan and Fred had tried only that very morning and were both excited about, at the time we were asked not to reveal it's details so reviewed it as a Mystery Grain but this is the final product of that release, and no wonder Fred and Jan were excited about it.
This single cask ex-sherry butt Strathclyde grain from Douglas Laing's Clan Denny range is outstanding and I genuinely have to describe it as "stunning".
You could never have blind tasted this as a 9 year old grain it's a huge dram, which shows little signs of youthfulness and lots of signs of a very active cask. The fruits are strong, the palate huge, complex and enjoyable and overall this is seriously drinkable.
A 9 year old grain whisky and I really would have to admit to being happy to have this as one of my dessert island drams, if I could only drink one bottle for the rest of my life and could get a plentiful supply of this I'd be a happy man for years.
Go get a bottle now from Royal Mile Whiskies, although please leave me one or two for payday at the end of the month so i can get more.
An incredible nose of dark chocolate laced stewed dark fruits, caramel werthers originals, with almost a hint of butterscotch angel delight, wood spices, then crushed mixed nuts with Brazil nuts coming through strongly, as this sits in the glass for longer it becomes more treacley and thick strong black coffee on the nose
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