Timorous Beastie 12 Years Old (2019)
As it turns out, a Timorous Beastie at cask strength is a very good idea, especially if it’s aged for a proper amount of time. It’s a big step up from the regular release, the Timorous Beastie 12yo is my favourite of the series so far. Well, except for the ridiculous Timorous Beastie 40yo, but that’s not really fair, now is it?
Timorous Beastie 12 Years Old (54.4%, Douglas Laing, 2018)
Nose: Sugary sweet, think cotton candy as well as honey, but with a touch if lemon zest thrown in. Touches of stewed pears, followed by peach and oranges. Finally a thin layer of ozone. Quite mineral too.
Taste: Proper oily stuff, with just a slight hint of peat smoke, but also honey, and lemon pudding. There’s a whiff of nutmeg here as well, and some sweet barley.
Finish: Lingering sugary sweetness. Medium in length.
Pretty complex and very agreeable, there’s some skillful blending going on here, if you ask me. Keep your eyes open for this one.
Sample provided by Douglas Laing
Photo: Master of Malt
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.