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Douglas Laing Rock Oyster Sherry Edition


4th August 2017
Douglas Laing launch first sherry influenced Rock Oyster Blended Malt whisky.

Douglas Laing Rock Oyster Sherry EditionDouglas Laing have unveiled yet another addition to its Remarkable Regional Malts range of Blended Malt whiskies. This time have released Rock Oyster Sherry Edition which is a no age statement limited edition Island region blended malt and the first Rock Oyster expression to have a Sherry influence, having spent the final spell of its maturation in Spanish Sherry butts.

Douglas Laing say that the resulting liquid is said to "capture the spirit of Island Whisky in all its salty, citrus, sweetly peated and peppery glory, with a rich, sherried warmth at its core".

Bottled at 46.8% ABV and as we expect from Douglas Laing releases, it is naturally coloured and is non chill-filtered.

Apparently the Rock Oyster Sherry Edition launch coincides with National Oyster Day, a global celebration of the delicacy that is held annually on 5th August, who would have known! I bet the romantics amongst you are now glad you read this piece as you can now take your your better half out for a romantic meal on Saturday 5th August and indulge in some oysters along with a dram of the new Rock Oyster.

Of course you will need to visit one of the venues serving Rock Oyster, you will find the recently-launched Rock Oyster 18 Year Old will join the core product and the new Sherry edition as part of seafood-pairing experience at events held in various UK venues including Galley London in London on 5th August 2017.

Rock Oyster also features as "Malt of the Month" across multiple venues in the UK including Gandolfi Fish, Piper Bar and the world-famous Ben Nevis Whisky bar in Glasgow’s West End. Look out for the Rock Oyster atomisers, designed to add a spritz of Rock Oyster smoke to seafood dishes, and branded tea towels for oyster-shucking.

I haven't actually got an official tasting note for the new no age statement Rock Oyster Sherry Edition which I can share with you other than a comment from Fred Laing saying: "Rock Oyster Sherry Edition is a lip-smacking success story of the magic that can happen when sweet meets peat." DL failed to reveal the price of the new whisky which is becoming a trend these days when whisky companies announce a new whisky, anyway I would hazard a guess at between £40 - £45 but I may be way out.

You will soon find the new Rock Oyster Sherry Edition available from specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange & Master of Malt
 

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