Douglas Laing's "Rock Oyster" 18 Year Old Limited Edition Island Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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 The final cornerstone of Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts range, this blended malt celebrates the best from the Islands. The peat smoke finds harmony with the nose of pine, lemon curd, dewy lawns, and vanilla fudge. This is gloriously full-flavored; the peatiness certainly delivers, but there is a pleasant nip of saltiness too. The black pepper finish leads to a long lasting salty smack on the lips. Make this your hipflask essential for bracing excursions along the shoreline. (JM, Fall 2015)

K&L Notes

This limited edition offering of 18-year-old malts from Scotland's famous whisky islands: Islay, Skye, Arran, Orkeny and Jura. That makes this one of the most affordable old Islands whiskies in the world. You'll not find an 18-year-old single malt from any of these Islands for anywhere close to this price. The glorious truth about blended malt scotch whisky, when created with care and thoughtfulness, is that the whole is greater than the some of its parts. A properly blended whisky can truly take you beyond any of the components within, and the Rock Oyster 18 Year is the perfect example. It gives incredible depth, elegance and complexity, in a perfectly seamless package for a price almost any Scotch drinker can appreciate. The nose is distinctly maritime with a quick rush of sea spray and a smoldering block of sweet peat to start. It glances toward earthy fresh tobacco and rich malt as it enters the palate offering a true Island style rather than allowing the overbearing Islay malt to take over. The finish is perfectly balanced with a sweet barley sugar and spicy phenol playing off each other perfectly for a long smoldering finish. Incredible value here that's just not available in the price point anywhere else. This one received an impressive 89 points from Serge Valentine at That makes it one of the most highly rated modern blended malts from one of the critical industry's most discerning and experienced voices.

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Price: $89.99

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Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2018 | Send Email
This blend of single malt whiskeys from island distilleries has a lot to offer. The nose is sweet with honey and wax notes that are complemented with a touch of smoke and vanilla. In the mouth it is smooth and round with soft homey and wax --like notes. But it doesn't stop with these flavors. There are also subtle salt and smoke nuances. All of this for this price makes the Rock Oyster 18 a very good value.

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Alcohol Content (%): 46.8