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Dallas Dhu 31 Year Old 1969 Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask

Sweet Smoke

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

30th Jun 2013


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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.

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systemdown commented

Mate you're killing me.. six Dallas Dhus at once? Did you have them all in one tasting, or you just saved up the reviews to publish in a bunch? Anyway.. good on you, they all sound really good! I hope to try some Dallas Dhu before they disappear forever.

7 years ago 0

Wills commented

Mark is doing his distillery-range-tastings all the time and publishing a whole bunch of reviews at a time ;)

At least this is what I noticed.

Hope to see more video ramblings soon! :D

7 years ago 0

markjedi1 commented

It's true, I try to collect samples and then try 3, 4, 5 or even 6 at the same time (usually in one long session). This is - for me - the best way to compare them. Sound quite logical, does it not?

7 years ago 0

systemdown commented

@Wills yes I noticed, I usually don't comment as the whiskies reviewed by @markjedi1 are above and beyond my realm of experience!

@markjedi1 - Totally logical. I would love to do that with my samples but I neither have the samples, storage space or time to do so =)

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