Douglas Laing & Co. is one of the most respected Independent Whisky Bottlers. They are usually pretty transparent about details of each release however Director’s Tactical expression makes notable exception.
Few distilleries, such as Glenmorangie, Glenfiddich or Glenfarclas, do not allow independent bottlers to use brand name on their releases. Consequently these whiskies are released under different names and Director’s Tactical Selection makes perfect example. The whisky distilled in May 1974 (we believe in Talisker Distillery) spent over quarter of a century in refill hogshead and was bottled at 45.5% abv in August 2000 as part of Old Malt Cask range. Only 282 bottles were produced.
Nose: waxy and mildly peaty, freshly cut grass, walnuts, lemon peel, green bananas, marzipan, vanilla, black pepper, dried herbs and touch of licorice.
Palate: vanilla, toffee, milk chocolate, orange and lemon peel, ginger, pepper, dash of nutmeg, licorice, salted nuts, trace of smoked oysters and oak.
Finish: long, with notes of pepper, ginger, mixed nuts, lemon peel, sea salt, hints of peat and oak.