GLENROTHES 13 ans 2005 The Little Big Book D.Laing 57,3%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 56591

Released in an originally-shaped bottle that caused quite a stir upon its launch in 1995, it was an official 1979 bottling aged 15 years that enabled the Glenrothes single malt to step out of the shadows. Selected by La Maison du Whisky from the famous independent bottler Douglas Laing, this version wonderfully embodies the style of this Speyside malt known for its fruitiness and elegance. Whilst staying true to its roots, it has extracted the very essence of its sherry-cask ageing, which has allowed it to go far beyond all frontiers. This emancipation has created a particularly exuberant, shimmering and expressive palette of flavours and aromas.

the deep first nose is a subtle blend of toffee, candied orange, Russian leather and cocoa. Allowed to breathe, sherry highlights the oxidative (brandied cherry) and medicinal (camphor) character. The lively attack is fruity (peach), honeyed (acacia) and chocolatey. Spices (cardamom, cinnamon) and orange blossom aromas bring the second part of the flavour palette to life. The finish invites us to enjoy either a hot chocolate or a cardamom tea.
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Tasting note

  • Appearance : orangey copper.
  • Nose : rich, deep. Toffee, beeswax, candied orange, Russian leather, cocoa, toasted walnut and clove appear one after another with clarity and order. Allowed to breathe, oranges become blood oranges and the sherry rancio reveals black fruit (blackcurrant, blueberry) and brandied cherry. Gradually it becomes medicinal (camphor) and spiritual (incense).
  • Palate : dynamic, resolute. The mineral (lava) attack begins exactly where the aromatic palette leaves off. Only the fruits have changed (apricot, peach). Next, acacia honey and chocolate gradually coat the taste buds. On the mid-palate, new spices join the fold (cardamom, cinnamon). The very expressive end of the palate returns to its first love, leading us to a field of orange trees. Oriental aromas (orange blossom, rose petal) float through the air.
  • Overall : long, creamy. The start of the finish allows the taster to choose between a hot chocolate or a cardamom tea. Nuts (walnut, almond, sweet chestnut) are delicately placed on deep green foliage to great effect. Next, grated ginger and gentian root bring lots of tone to the end of the palate. The retro-nasal olfaction is vegetal (tobacco), slightly mentholated and powdery (cocoa). The empty glass wavers between curry, date and exotic fruit (pineapple).
The brand

The brand

Up until the 1990s, only a 12 year old bottling was available on the market. But in 1994 a new bottle was introduced with a round and full shape, proudly harbouring within a 1979 vintage. This vintage expression pays testament to the vision of Berry Bros & Rudd, a company known for the quality of its cask selection, a process over which it takes particular care. This bold action brought into question the very concept of age, behind which the majority of single malts hide, and questioned consumers’ perception of the link between a whisky’s age and its aromatic maturity. However, although the year of distillation is important, it is the choice of casks (mostly Spanish wood) that has the biggest influence on the aromatic profile of its “vintage” years, each one with a different balance of spice, citrus and oak.



Established in Glasgow in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing, the Douglas Lang company has, in recent years, made numerous changes to its structure. Fred Laing’s movement to the head of the company has contributed towards the business’s sound reputation. Known throughout the industry for the quality and variety of its cask selection (Douglas Laing still has casks from the most prestigious distilleries: Glenfarclas, Talisker, Ardbeg, etc.), the company has expanded its already rich range that includes historic selections such as Double Barrel, Premier Barrel and Director’s Cut, with two new collections guaranteed to please connoisseurs: Single Minded and Old Particular.


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Launched in October 2013, Old Particular Single Cask is a series of single malts that have been individually selected from the best producers across all regions of Scotland. It is ‘particular’ in that it offers authentic whiskies, without chill filtering or the addition of colouring, which give them a richer aromatic profile due to the fatty acids and enzymes that are naturally present after distillation. Exceptionally, Douglas Laing is offering single casks at 48.4% for whiskies up to the age of 18 years-old and 51.5% for malt whiskies that have been aged for 19 years, all presented in an elegant box worthy of the finest Scottish single malts.

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