Rock Oyster Cask Strength Batch 2

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As I’m sure you were all aware, Sunday was National Oyster Day. Much rejoicing was had in celebration of that little salty, squidgy, slimy thing found in the sea. What a day. In all seriousness, I was looking forward to Sunday afternoon more than most Sunday afternoons, because this was the day when Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster Cask Strength Batch 2 was released (you see what they did there?). During a Twitter Tasting hosted by my good friend Greg Dillon off of that there, we tasted the original Rock Oyster and Rock Oyster 18yo before finishing with a dram of this brand new expression. Batch 2 is a blended malt comprising of whisky from the islands of Islay, Arran, Jura and Orkney which have all been matured in American oak and bottled at a cask strength of 56.1%.

Chris Leggat, Chief Executive Officer at Douglas Laing said: “It’s been two years since the launch of Rock Oyster Cask Strength and we’re delighted to now respond to customer demand with this new limited release. It’s true what they say – calm seas never made skilled sailors – nor did they make monstrously maritime whiskies! This is a spectacularly stormy, rich and earthy dram that fans of Rock Oyster’s coastal spirit will undoubtedly relish.”

Here are my thoughts…

Rock Oyster Cask Strength #2
Blended Malt
8,400 bottles
56.1% ABV
RRP £49.99

Nose: Oft that’s big! Coastal sea air, and slightly mentholic freshness. Then orange blossom, coconut flakes, malt biscuits, a banoffee pie creaminess and overripe lemons. There’s a bit of tea leaf & a snuffed beach bonfire lurking underneath.

Palate: Zingy ginger, lemon rind and salted limes to begin. Then some vanilla sponge cake, some floral notes (maybe violets?), before barley water, toasted malt, cinnamon and rich oak give good structure.

Finish: The wood spices linger around with some aromatic peat, singed heather and creamy citrus.

Overall: Take the standard Rock Oyster and turn it up to 11. Full of coastal, maritime notes, juicy citrus notes, with a touch of oak to keep things balanced. I thoroughly enjoyed this dram, and with an RRP of under £50 it’s great value too – look out for it at the usual specialist whisky retail places later this month. Thanks again to Greg at and the folks at Douglas Laing for inviting me to take part in the Tweet Tasting.

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