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Rock Oyster

(70cl, 46.8%)

Rock Oyster

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Rock Oyster Bottling Note

Joining Douglas Laing's range of blended malts in early 2015, Rock Oyster is a magnificent maritime marvel made with single malts distilled on Scottish islands including Orkney, Jura, Arran and Islay. As ever from Douglas Laing, this tasty, coastal dram is very handsomely presented from top to bottom (looks like Sam will have to add an oyster to his imagination of The Douglas Laing Force).

In reference to Rock Oyster, Douglas Laing's Managing Director Fred Laing said "If I could select just one dram to transport the whisky enthusiast to the Islands of Scotland, it would be this one." So go on and take a coastal trip by way of wonderful blended malt Scotch whisky.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Wind-swept beaches, coastal peat and a hint of ash, complimented by touches of green fruit.

Palate: Yet more sea breeze, with oat cake crumbs, growing spicy notes of cracked black pepper and a deft whiff of peat smoke. Hints of vanilla here and there.

Finish: Salinity lasts on the finish along with peppery warmth.

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Rock Oyster Reviews

Great W

Wow what a surprise! Fantastic

12th September 2019


Amazed at taste, Brilliant.

24th May 2019


Wow! Beautifully blended. There are peaty, smoky notes but that is not the whole story. Gorgeous mouth feel (no chill filtering makes a difference). Touches of oak, cinnamon and heather are all there. Nicely done.

27th May 2018

Refreshingly different

This is stunning!! Its the ocean in a bottle and would go so well with a plate of Rock Oysters.
One of the Standouts from World Whisky Day

22nd May 2018

Very surprised

This is a very nice whisky for the price, slight smoke smooth taste with a very subtle toffee flavour.

1st May 2018


Very pleasantly surprised. Very smooth. Salinity there. Smoke is subtle. This is now in my top 10 whiskies.

21st January 2018

Smooth as silk, complex, interesting

Rare for me to find a whisky such as this, especially a blended malt. Very smooth. I love it for the finish, long and not bitter. This is honestly exceptional.

20th January 2018

Interesting whisky

I got a sample of this from MoM. Malty, a bit of alcoholic taste. Seawater comes in the finish. Minerals maybe?
All in all a good dram!

13th November 2017


Magnificent. The epitome of what an island - maritime malt should be. Stunning!

23rd October 2017

Coastal Deliciousness

All it’s cracked up to be. Awesome blend. I’m a single malt guy who appreciates all the various regions offerings. I lean towards the Islay malts. This is a great introductory blend for anyone who loves the coastal regions. Easy drinking. Opened the bottle an hour ago, and I’m on my third dram. Truly enjoyable.

21st October 2017

The ocean bottled

Amazing! A taste of the sea bottled perfectly. A freaky great dram and very well priced. Highly rated.

16th September 2017

WI'll be buying a bottle later today

Excellent , really enjoyed. Thanks.

25th August 2017

An incredible Island Dram

Had this as a first on vacation. We were in a bar in Rome that served a lot of beautiful whiskies. That night I bought 3 glasses and this was the only dram I tasted. Incredibly tasty.

7th March 2017

Impressions from the 2016 Advent Calendar

Each mouthful is quite a journey. With a few drops of water I was tasting the salt spray in the air, a touch of smoke, layered with leather, anise, dark chocolate and a bit of a spice bite. Reminiscent of Ardbeg Corryvreckan only without the smoke. One dram isn't enough.

23rd February 2017

2016 Advent Calendar Notes

In the immortal words of George Takei, "Oh my." This is a lovely dram, not for everyone, mind you, but it so represents the islands and lives up to its billing. I want some of it in a flask with some sipping cups to warm me after a long hike to the shore at Hermeness on Unst, Shetland, with some plain crackers and a bold hard cheddar. Sea breeze and tart apple on the nose, a complex palate definitively going from spicy to smoky, and a long smooth finish like a wave retreating as the smoke and spice fade to leave that taste of the sea air. This may displace Famous Grouse, with its own healthy dose of an island expression in Highland Park, as my favorite blend.

8th December 2016

A whiskey that fulfills its promise

The theme of this bottle is coastal Scotland, and it delivers that with quite a punch.

This is value-priced, young and vigorous spirit, blended with a deft touch.

It never wavers as the minutes-long finish slowly slowly fades. Saline, pear, fruit, smoke, vanilla. Delicious, engaging, not boring.

7th December 2016

Best peated blended malt

You get the peat, the sea salt, the peppery finish and lots of freshness.
For the price 37 Eur/bottle you will not find many whisky's with this kind of complexity. The finish is not long, but the taste with a hint of water, makes the taste worth al the money.
You can compare this to Ledaig 10 and Ardbeg 10

14th November 2016

The Nose; Fresh Salty sea air. Kippers, Oysters, White pepper. All together very fresh!

The Taste; Spice, a little sweetness, Vanilla, Liquorice, pepper once again, cracked black this time however. Heavy peaty sea smoke lingering.

The Finish: Long, warming, it really leaves you wanting more, truly mouth watering. Liquorice in my opinion is the dominant component of the finish.

This truly is one of my favourite Whiskies, blended or single malt. I think of it as a Talker with more body, more complex and so very moorish!

2nd August 2016

Great, Unique Smokey Sea-Filled delight

Nose: smoke, salt & pepper, Coastal peat, sea-air, very fresh!

Taste: Spice, Little bit of sweetness, Black Pepper, strong liqourice

Finish: Medium-Long, Smoke and Liqourice

If you can find it, pick it up!

9th July 2016

Roller coaster experience

Went to a tasting evening in Nottingham and this was on the itinery.
It was an experience I didn't want to end in all three parts. I had to take a bottle home for further investigation.
The nose has enough going on with it that it may be enjoyed for a long time without wanting to tip the glass.
Likewise with the palate. You simply cannot keep it on your taste buds long enough.
If you can make the nose and palate last long enough, the finish sends tingles around your body that does stay for quite some time.

17th April 2016

One for the cigar smoking crowd

I found this to be a very smoky blend. The smoke flavour overwhelms virtually everything else, to the point where I wondered if it had been treated with one of those "liquid smoke" flavourings. I think it would work if you were drinking it in the ambiance of an open wood fire, or if you smoked strong cigarettes or cigars, but otherwise not one I'd recommend.

6th January 2016

Rocking that Rock Oyster

An absolute find... this whisky over delivered for me - peaty, sweet, citrus and maritime flavours at the ready - a great great dram.

18th October 2015

Strike three

I wanted to like this but found it young, spirity and hot. Where Scallywag was underwhelming and Timorous Beastie was inoffensive, this is just not good. Big Peat works so well because Islay whiskies can be sublime at a young age. The same can not be said for other regions of Scotland.

25th February 2015

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