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1978 Douglas Laing's Old & Rare Platinum Selection Highland Park 29 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 56.7%
An indie HP from the very reputable Douglas Laing Co. distilled in 1978 matured in a sherry barrel and bottled in 2007 at natural strength. Non chill filtered with an outturn limited to 328 bottles. One only.Other reviews... Colour: dark amber. Nose: ah, this is more civilised and a bit more silent now, even if we still get kind of a wildness somewhere (walnut stain). Develops very gently , on leather, Havana tobacco, chestnut honey and ham, getting beefier with time. Also a hints of ‘old wooden cupboard’, high-grade cologne, orange liqueur. Gets finally wilder, with hints of game, cooked mushrooms, prune sauce, gravy. Classical sherry, dry and very balanced (not a ‘monster’ at all this time). Mouth: wait, it’s not that civilised after all. The big notes of grapefruits, lemon zests and grass are back (in the same vein as the 1982), but with the sherry on top of that. Funny how I get the dried bananas now (I swear I didn’t mix-up the glasses). Walnuts, apple skin, heavily infused green tea, spearmint... Also a rather pleasant sourness (wood?) and the expected notes of coffee and currants. Finish: very long, more a classic now, closer to some officials (some of the single casks), with quite some dry sherry, bitter chocolate and roasted nuts. Very good, half-civilised, half-wild. Tarzan?
89 points - Serge Valentin, whiskyfun.com