This doesn’t seem to be the other cask ref. DL12019 that Serge and others have reviewed – it had a much darker colour and this is a tad lighter. Mind that both have exactly the same ABV… confusing.
Speyside 21 yo 1996
(51,5%, Douglas Laing ‘Old Particular’ 2018, sherry butt, DL12614, 215 btl.)
Nose: starts on lots of roasted things, say scorched wood, charcoal, roasted chestnuts and a hint of unused matchsticks… but without any of the dirty nuances. Moves towards pipe tobacco, prunes and toffee. Candy apple. Forest fruit jam. Milk chocolate. Some candied ginger.
Mouth: interesting. It has some classic markers like leather, chocolate and yellow prunes, but also a distinctive flavour of mangosteen. Never had that in a whisky. It’s slightly candied, even artificial in a way but not disturbing. Then back to tobacco, fruit cake and a hint of coffee.
Finish: quite long, drying, on treacle and chocolate.
This shows some deep sherry aromas but always with a certain elegance. The uncommon touches are also great. Sold out in most places except for the Green Welly Stop.