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Douglas Laing Rock Island 21 Year Old Review

11th December 2019
Review of Douglas Laing's smoky, fruity, maritime blended malt, mature Rock Island 21 Year Old.

Douglas Laing Rock Island 21 Year OldDouglas Laing unveiled the Rock Island 21 Year Old earlier this year, it is a limited release expression with a total of 4,200 bottles available.

Created using a blend of single malts distilled on the Whisky Islands of Islay, Arran, Jura and Orkney, Rock Island 21 is said to encapsulate the archetypal salty, smoky, peppery warmth that Island Whiskies are famed for.

Rock Island 21 Year Old has been bottled at 46.8% ABV, non Chill filtered and is a limited release of 4,200 bottles and has a retail price of around 78.95.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A lovely enticing creamy vanilla infused peat smoke, on its fruity side there is a touch of apricot, apple, pear and some citrusy sugars sweetening things up a bit.

Taste: A deliciously subtle apricot and apple fruitiness is equally matched by a lovely sweet peat smokiness, a touch of creamy vanilla, the smokiness becomes more ashy with a lovely peppery edge.

Finish: A long finish which sees the apple and pear infused sweet peat smoke with a peppery edge hanging in there for an age before bittering out.

Comment: There is a lovely sense of maturity and quality from nose to finish, the folks at Douglas Laing do make a good job of putting these blended malts together. it is no peat monster, it is a well balanced, mature, smoky, fruity dram which is subtle and complex and undoubtedly a maritime malt if ever there was one. Great value also, currently 78.95 from Master of Malt.

SMW Whisky Score 90/100

You will find the Dougla Laing Rock Island 21 Year Old available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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