“Timorous Beastie” from Douglas Laing
Timorous Beastie is a newest Douglas Laing blend to be added to their growing regionalised collection. In the same ilk as Scallywag, Douglas Laing have focussed on a strong brand that will evoke emotion and instant recognisability – great job once again… But how does it taste – our notes will follow, but for now see the official press release below…
Established in 1948, leading independent Scotch Whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co today announce the release of their brand new Highland “Vatted” Malt – Timorous Beastie.
Douglas Laing’s Timorous Beastie is a Small Batch bottling created using only the finest Highland Malts including – amongst others – Dalmore, Glengoyne and Glen Garioch. Bottled at 46.8% alcohol strength, without colouring and not chill-filtered, this specialist Small Batch bottling displays a charming sweet, heather honey and Highland character.
The original Timorous Beastie, immortalised in Robert Burns’ famous Scots poem “To a Mouse”, was a timid, little field mouse. Echoing our national bard’s wit, this Highland Malt is most certainly not for the fainthearted!
Says Douglas Laing’s Managing Director (and Master Blender) Fred Laing:
“What we have within the heart of our Timorous Beastie Vatted Malt is a selection of great Highland Malts on their own. Together they combine brilliantly – with some punchy packaging – to complete a triumphant trio of regional Malts which now covers Islay with Big Peat, Speyside with Scallywag and the Highlands with Timorous Beastie.”
Nose: Overridingly sweet initially – then warming to floral, light barley & spicy honey’d tones.
Palate: Opens mellow in a spiced style – being mouthcoatingly fructiferous, sugary, gristy & raisin-fudge-y in style.
Finish: Mellow yet sweet – detect a soft cough drop camphor / oaky hint plus milky cereals & late meringue.