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Rock Island 10 Years Old (Douglas Laing)

Rock Island? At first I was a bit confused. Douglas Laing already has the Rock Oyster brand, so what could this be about? A bit of googling made everything a bit more clear. According to this little tidbit on, Rock Island is a new name for Rock Oyster, “after feedback from global markets who felt oysters were too much of a polarising food.”

I mean, sure, I’ll buy that. Some folk hate oysters, and if I were one them, I probably wouldn’t buy a whisky either if it was named after something I found disgusting. But what to do now about the people that detest rock islands? Choices, choices…

All kidding aside, I’m glad to see new additions to the Rock Oyster/Rock Island line-up. It’s probably my favourite of the Remarkable Regional Malts. Beside a new 21-year-old that I’ll review later, there’s this new Rock Island 10 Years Old.

Rock Island 10 Years Old (46%, Douglas Laing, 2019)

Nose: Young and very sweet, with a big hit of vanilla, but also bitter lemon peel, dried seaweed, orris root and very soft wood smoke. A bit of pickled ginger also, as well as mush bananas.
Taste: There’s licorice here, and it has a very earthy quality to it. The inherent sweetness is here again, mainly vanilla. Some straw and hay also. Subtle wood smoke and chalk. A touch of white pepper as well.
Finish: Lingering smoke. A light minerality.

Score: 85

A good new entry into the Rock Island pantheon. It offers a nice complexity, without ever getting too complicated, get it?

Sample provided by Douglas Laing

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