Auchentoshan 15, 48.4% – Douglas Laing’s Old Particular

Little over a week ago there was another Twitter Tasting held by Steve from The Whisky Wire. He’s rather active at organizing those, but since I’m able to participate every now and then, you won’t hear me complaining!

This time Douglas Laing’s Old Particular range was up, which is to be released as we speak and comes from the new Douglas Laing. The company split up a while ago when the two brothers at the helm each went their separate ways. According to news blogger The Whisky Sponge, they’ll keep splitting up into smaller companies until they have world domination.

Anyway, the first whisky we tasted (blind) was this Auchentoshan.

Old Particular

Old Particular

Sweet with a touch of savouriness (is that Umami?). Some vanilla, old grass, unroasted cocoa beans. Slightly nutty with walnuts, some sweet citrus and even a touch of salt.

It’s not too sharp (we didn’t know the strength either), with some tame vanilla again, grass, citrus, granny smith apples, sugar syrup, white tea, lemon oil and pear.

Gentle, but the freshness is gone. Some pear and spices, grass and straw and hay.

After tasting it I would have guessed this was a Bladnoch, because of the slight weirdness of the whisky. It was a Lowlander, but just a different one and one of the least sweet Auchentoshans I have ever tasted. It’s a nice whisky, but not a stellar one. One you will enjoy drinking but not hunt down a second bottle of. I don’t know what the RRP is so no info on that.

Auchentoshan 15, 48.4%, Refill Hogshead, Douglas Laing’s Old Particular


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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