The Single Minded series from independent bottler Douglas Laing is a collection of small batch single malts. All bottled at 41.5% ABV and relatively young.
Up till now a 7-year-old Dailuaine, a 10-year-old Tamdhu and a 12-year-old Braeval have been bottled. And of course this 12-year-old Auchentoshan, triple distilled and famous for its gentle style.
Identity Card Douglas Laing Single Minded Auchentoshan 12
- Independent bottling from Auchentoshan Distillery (Lowlands)
- Bottled by Douglas Laing
- 12 years-old single malt Scotch whisky (April 2001 – August 2013)
- Small batch of 3 refill bourbon hogsheads
- Alcohol: 41.5% ABV
Leaving the nest early
Tasting NotesColour: One of the palest whiskies I tasted this year (except for last week’s MacArthur’s Head Lighthouse from MoS). Very pale in colour. Definitely refill bourbon casks.
Nose: The nose is very clean and fresh. Biscuits and lemon confit. Creamy lemon cake or Key lime pie. A sweet hint of honey. A Piña Colada with lemon juice instead of pineapple juice.
Taste: The grains dominate the palate. Oat biscuits with flakes of milk chocolate and fruit.
Finish: The finish is fairly short and dry. Fruitcake. As I said, short…
ConclusionThis Auchentoshan leaves me behind with mixed feelings. Very fresh, a little sour and sweet. Tasty but lacks some punch. I’m blaming the low ABV for it. A pleasant appetizer. Or maybe, my sample was not big enough… I’m not excluding that option too.
The Single Minded series are the expertise field of specialist liquor stores. Around € 50 for a bottle.