Rock Island Small Batch Release - Douglas Laing's

Spicy, Maritime, Costal
2022-08-28
This blend of the famous independent bottler Douglas Laing offers us a composition of the characteristic and absolutely unmistakable aromas of the Hebrides.
Rock Island Small Batch Release - Douglas Laing's
Rock Island Small Batch Release - Douglas Laing's (Image Source: The Whisky Exchange)

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Douglas Laing provides us with independently bottled blends. Founded back in the 1940s, Douglas Laing distributes a variety of different series in which single malts are blended and thematically ordered. Within the Remarkable Regional Malts, Rock Island represents the Scottish islands. Fun Fact: Originally distributed as Rock Oyster, the bottling was renamed to Rock Island, as oysters had a negative connotation for many customers.

Smell

At first, we are met by a pleasant portion of peat smoke. Slighty hidden there is a wonderful sweetness. Malt and vanilla combine with fresh citrus notes. The classic maritime aroma of the Hebrides.

Taste

Like a proper gulp of seawater, Rock Island lies on the palate with an interesting saltiness. Spices and smoke provide a mouth-filling aroma. Citrus freshness and vanilla take a back seat, but are clearly perceptible.

Finish

As expected, the spice and smoke provide a lasting finish. The typical maritime aroma of the Scottish islands remains.

Conclusion

A wonderful blend which is simply inoffensive. We get a feeling for more (pun works better in German - sorry) with the smoke typical of the islands. Vanilla sweetness, maltiness and hints of citrus combine to create a balanced representation of typical island flavors.

67/100 - Good
(Marcel: 55 | Sascha: 79)

Value for Money: Good

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