Review No.233. Timorous Beastie

Timorous Beastie is the Highland Whisky in the Douglas Laing range of Remarkable Regional Malts.   Whiskies from the Highland region are often described as being floral and honeyed to put it simply.  However there is a lot of variation as there are some distilleries that don’t use peat (Glengoyne), some that described themselves as coastal (Old Pulteney, Clynelish & Oban), some that are full of floral fruitiness (Balblair, Glenmorangie), some that can be mistaken as being from the Speyside region (Glendronach)  and others that are just different (Ben Nevis).  Let’s see how the Timorous Beastie manages to represent the Highlands.


Whisky: Timorous Beastie Blended Malt Scotch Whisky, 46.8%

Nose: Honey, cinnamon, lemsip, fresh mint, heather, butterscotch

Taste: Malt, honey, ginger, barley sugar, cinnamon, oak

Finish: Dry, malt and honey, oak

Score: 2.75

Summary: This is a very typical Highland malt.  Very middle of the road but not in a bad way because I enjoy this type of flavour profile.  Plenty of honey and maltiness to this with a hint of ginger and cinnamon. The flavours are consistent from the nose, taste to the finish and there is no need to guess what is in this as the label states that it contains malts from Glengoyne, Dalmore, Glen Garioch and Blair Athol and a few others.  As an introduction to the Highlands this does the job.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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