Shuck It! A Douglas Laing Tasting in Ibiza (baby…)

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I had an invite to take part in a tasting with Greg (@greatdrams) and Douglas Laing to sample Rock Oyster including the new release of Rock Oyster Cask Strength Batch 2.

When I accepted the invitation I hadn’t planned on being out of the country… So I packed my samples and a Glencairn (or two) and headed off for a week. I have to say when I do have a smoky wee dram it is normally if and when I need a little internal heating, not in 32º heat.

Firstly I will thank Douglas Laing for the lovely parcel, full of goodies… the apron will see some use in future fudge making 🙂 and Greg for inviting me to take part.

First up was the original Rock Oyster very sweet nose. And some salty sea air to boot. A nice zesty note to this too, the palate has peat and still the sweetness remains. Quite peppery…

Next up was the 18 year old which on the nose delivered sweet and smoky aromas and a breeze of sea air… like being on the coast. This was quite dry on my palate. A good whack of peat again… some sweet vanilla and a bit of saltiness. A lot of warmth on the tongue from this.

Last to try was Rock Oyster Cask Strength Batch 2 Limited Edition (56.1%), this was released to mark National Oyster Day.

The nose had a light sweet fragrance, slight nutty note. Some citrus pricking my senses too. On the palate there was vanilla and nuts again. The smokiness is sweet and bearable (it’s been a while…) definitely salty on the finish for me. Spice too.


  1. Cheers, Sarah. Glad to hear you enjoyed that special Rock Oyster tasting. Like you, I’m normally also more in the mood for peaty whiskies when it’s not 30+ degrees outside. But I couldn’t have said no to a bunch of free Rock Oyster drams either! I haven’t tried the Cask Strength Batch 2 yet, but will do so soon as I got a sample of it at home. From what I’ve read on your blog and other blogs, it must be a lot of fun!


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