Timorous Beastie 10 Years Old (2018)
There’s already been an 18-year-old, a 40-year-old, a 21-year-old, and of course the regular Timorous Beastie without an age statement. However, the people at Douglas Laing decide the range could do with another expression. Hence the release of the Timorous Beastie 10 Years Old.
Like its predecessors, it is a blended malt, consisting of only Highland whiskies, and it is bottled without chill-filtration and colouring. The latter shouldn’t be a surprise once you see its color, which is pale straw.
Timorous Beastie 10 Years Old (46,8%, Douglas Laing, 2018)
Nose: Opens up on sweet vanilla and ripe, mushy bananas. Some soft spices too, accompanied by maple syrup and fudge. This is definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum.
Taste: More of the sweet, fruity bananas and vanilla, but now the spices are a bit more present. Some ginger, as well as white pepper and cloves. Fairly creamy by the way, which is always a plus.
Finish: Some bitter oak, light spices, and finally sweet fruits.
Good, with an unexpected spicy kick, although the palate could’ve used something to balance the sweetness. All in all a nice addition to the Timorous Beastie brand. Good value for money.
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.