Here we go, another pair of blends to quaff next to a fire during your holidays! Let’s see what those two little mouses will offer us.
Timorous Beastie 18yo – 2017 Edition (46.8%, Douglas Laing)
Colour: White wine with darker hues.
Nose: No alcohol presence but it’s quite shy overall. Metallic notes, vanilla, floral notes, vegetal notes, citruses, cream and some yellow fruits mixed together.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is very good and the texture is quite oily. Vegetal notes again, pineapple, mangoes, lemons and freshly served orange juice. The level of fruitiness is not very high but it’s lovely and very well done for this price range. There are some kind of old bubblegum notes on the background, interesting.
Finish: Medium. Elusive fruitiness and vegetality quickly replaced by some white pepper and alcoholic notes.
The level of fruitiness is not very high but it’s lovely and well done for this price range. A nice daily dram blend with a lot of flaws.
Timorous Beastie 40yo – 2016 Edition (54.7%, Douglas Laing)
Colour: Light gold.
Nose: Eh! We are on another level here, no more shyness around! It’s fresh and green with lemons, oranges, citruses, plums, creamy notes and old bubblegum notes on the background. Everything is perfectly integrated, it surely can’t hide its age.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is very oily and thick. Old bubblegum notes on the first plan now with a deep fruitiness. Pineapple, papayas, mangoes, white pepper, coconut, anise, vanilla, wood and even cinnamon. There is some shy vegetal notes in the background too. Everything is evolving during the tasting, balancing between the roundness of the tropical fruits and the astringency of the young wood.
Finish: Long. In perfect harmony with the mouth, the spices lingers a bit more than the rest and there is no alcohol presence.
A nicely layered and highly quaffable old blend. I’m loving it. This old mouse got me, I wasn’t prepared to like it that much, well done!
This is honestly very good, the kind of blend doing the job pretty well at least while keeping a good value for money ratio. I could maybe find a even more prestigious one for later this week, we will see..