Review: Douglas of Drumlanrig Benrinnes 12 Years Old
Douglas of Drumlanrig is part of the Douglas Laing company, a huge private bottler that has myriad whiskies. I’ve tasted a few of them only at the Single Malt Whisky Extravaganza event, but recently one bottling actually made it to Drinkhacker HQ for review.
Douglas of Drumlanrig bottles this Benrinnes whisky at 12 years old. Born in Speyside in 1999, it is completely matured in sherry butts and was put into bottles in 2011. Only 150 bottles were made. (All DoD bottlings are single-cask releases. This is from cask 7971.)
The whisky is a gorgeous amber color and sherry character dominates. Orange and nougat character dominates, with a very sweet body that turns quite malty, quickly. The finish offers lots of woody, sandy notes. There’s a roughness here, dictated perhaps by the relatively young age of this whisky. Pleasant but not a knockout.
92 proof. Slightly different bottling pictured below.
B / about $50 / douglaslaing.com