News: Rock Oyster from Douglas Laing

Increasing the family size
Rock Oyster
The Douglas Laing family needs to add a new seat to their dining table. That beardy fisherman Big Peat accepted a wee Scallywag and a Timorous Beastie as family members in the line of Vatted Malts. This time he might be facing some serious competition when holding an oyster party. Meet Rock Oyster, another small batch bottling created using the finest maritime malts from Islay, Jura, Orkney and Arran.

The real treasure is the hidden, tasty delicacy inside, rich with the flavours of the sea. Bottled at an unusual 46.8% alcohol strength and traditionally without colouring or chill-filtration, this Small Batch bottling has a truly maritime and oceanic character of sea-salt, sweet peat, smoke, honey and pepper.

Much attention and consideration was spent creating the packaging which features a bespoke illustration of both an oyster, and a nautical scene, while telling the story of this seafaring spirit.

Official tasting notes from Douglas Laing

Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster is massively maritime in style and like its namesake carries a hidden delicacy inside. Anticipate wave soaked rocks and a salty oceanic, fresh influence on the nose with a more subtle palate carrying soft and rather sweet peat paralleled with smoke, honey, damp ash, liquorice and late pepper. All that is neatly replicated on the long, more-ish finish.

The complete blended malts range now consists of: Big Peat from Islay, Scallywag from Speyside, Timorous Beastie from the Highlands and now Rock Oyster from the Islands.

My crystal ball is predicting a Lowlands or a Campbeltown blended malt in 2016...

More information: Rock Oyster Facebook page

Photo, packaging and artwork: Douglas Laing & Co.Pocket Rocket Creative and Anna Koska.