Rock Oyster Sherry Edition (Douglas Laing)
Another addition to the Remarkable Regional Malts series from Douglas Laing, this Rock Oyster Sherry Edition is a small batch marriage of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from Islay, Arran, Jura and Orkney.
This vatting isn’t comprised of purely sherry matured whisky however. According to the press release it has “spent the final spell of its maturation in Spanish Sherry butts”. So I’d expect that to be anywhere from a couple of months to a year, tops.
I loved the Rock Oyster 18 Years Old. Can this keep up?
Rock Oyster Sherry Edition (46,8%, Douglas Laing, 2017)
Nose: Young, vibrant peat and quite a lot of licorice, as well as a fair hit of smoke and smoked kippers. Some strawberries and cherry syrup. A hint of dates too.
Taste: A nice oily mouthfeel. Brine and salt, plenty of peat. A hit of rubber, as well as ripe banana, leather and chocolate. Quite spicy too. Cloves and pepper mainly.
Finish: Lingering peat and broccoli. Medium in length.
A well-blended malt whisky. Subtle sherry influences lift this one a level higher than its unsherried sibling.
Sample provided by Douglas Laing
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.