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Old Malt Cask from Douglas Laing means golden drinking strength, i.e. 50%. Rumour has it that the Laing brothers are splitting the company, but I am trying a Dallas Dhu from the good old days. It is a distillate from before I was born, that matured for 31 long years on a sherry cask. My oldest Dallas Dhu so far.
The nose offers nice fruity tones. The sherry cask has put its foot down. Granny Smith apples, lemon, cherry juice and a surprisingly large amount of celery salt. Furniture polish. Pastry with cinnamon. Sultanas and milk chocolate. Hints of broth.
It is completely mouth coating, creamy and feisty. Surprisingly sweet and spicy. It quickly becomes bitter from the oak, but enough fruit remains to keep it juicy and balanced, albeit only just. Caramelized apple. Woodspice, cloves and cinnamon. A leaf of eucalyptus. Very good. In the back, there is a hint of rubber, but of the good kind. Active sherry cask, I feel. And again a hint of smoke that really pushes through now.
The finish is marked by as sturdy, sweet smokiness. Superb!
The nose and palate were very pleasant, but the smoky finish made this a stunning whisky.