Timorous Beastie is the Highland blended malt in the Remarkable Regional Malts series from Douglas Laing. The original version includes whisky from Blair Athol, Glen Garioch, Dalmore and Glengoyne among others.
Now there is a limited edition, 12 years old and bottled at cask strength. The first batch is matured predominantly in bourbon barrels and bottled at 54,4% ABV. No mention of distilleries this time. Just 3000 bottles available across Europe and Asia.
Timorous Beastie 12 yo ‘Cask Strength’ (54,4%, Douglas Laing ‘Remarkable Malts’ 2018, 3000 btl.)
Nose: very fresh, full of green apples, honey, juicy barley and a nicely aromatic touch of marshmallow. Typical vanilla and soft spices as well (gentle pepper and ginger).
Mouth: sweet malty notes and a creamy, buttery texture. Vanilla biscuits and fruity notes (apples and peaches again). The peppery side is bigger now. It grows ‘darker’ towards the end, with some breadcrust and mocha, although there is refreshing a zingy side as well.
Finish: medium, rather sweet and caramelly with citrus zest and grainy notes.
Nothing ground-breaking here, just a well made all-round daily drinker. Easy to sip at cask strength. Available from Master of Malt already.