Timorous Beastie – 40 Year Old (Creative Review)

About Douglas Laing & Co.
Founded in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing, Douglas Laing has been bottling Blends, Single Malt and Single Grain whiskies ever since. Fast forward fifty-eight years to now and Douglas Laing produces
six different ranges – Double Barrel, Old Particular, Provenance, Director’s Cut, Old Malt Cask, Premier Barrel  – as well as Big Peat (an Islay blend), Timorous Beastie (a Highland blend), Scallywag (a Speyside blend), and the Rock Oyster (an Island blend). One of the best loved independent bottlers.
Timorous Beastie – 40 Year Old
Price: £199.95 (Master of Malt), £199 (Douglas Laing)
We were very fortunate to receive a free 20cl sample bottle from Douglas Laing and we can say that it is delicious. Unlike its younger sibling, the 40 year old is a cask strength whisky and comes in at 54.7%. However, it does maintain a similar blend – including Glen Garioch, Dalmore and Glengoyne.  
The Timorous Beast: a series of haikus.
I.
The Timorous Beast
Departs to the Highland Feast.
Forty years of sleep.
A gift of pale gold,
Fine beams of light which unfold
Slowly. The path clears.
Dressed in his fine clothes,
Sweet scents filling his nose,
To dine with his peers.
Sweet to savoury,
With grape, rhubarb and honey,
 Seasoned apple pie.
Candied fruit, salt and
An oak table on wet sand.
A deep, layered sky.
II.
The beast moves with haste,
 As he seats himself to taste,
By the charcoal fire.
Coriander seed,
Dry roasted chestnuts, seaweed,
So much to desire.
With multi-seed toast,
And rhubarb brought by the host,
Paws sticky with sap.
Whilst spices linger,
Cakes with almond and ginger,
Given with gift wrap.
III.
Our numbers dwindled,
Light smoke from fire rekindled,
We finish our gin.
Botanical spice,
Are the flavours that entice
Beasts and mice akin.
He tastes peppercorns,
Apple peels and nettle thorns,
Setting down his glass.
Hints of fresh anise
And vanilla greet the Beast,
Down the Highland pass.
He retires to bed.
Content the beast rests his head.
Forty years more sleep. 

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