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Timorous Beastie

(70cl, 46.8%)

Timorous Beastie

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Timorous Beastie Bottling Note

Joining the ranks of Big Peat and Scallywag is Douglas Laing's Timorous Beastie, a blended malt made entirely of Highland whiskies from distilleries such as Dalmore, Glen Garioch, Glengoyne and more. The name is a nod to the Robert Burns poem 'To a Mouse' and to Burns' wit, as though the mouse in the poem is a timid little thing, this whisky is nothing of the sort!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Acacia honey, creamy boiled sweeties (the strawberry flavour), dried apricots and white grapes. There's a good whack of Sherry influence in here too! A whiff of coastal air and classic Highland heather, too.

Palate: Dried fruits, green apples and anise. Sweet grist and malt loaf. Pebble beaches and more heather on the mid palate.

Finish: Long. Drying with hot cinnamon sweeties and fresh bread.

Overall: Who are you calling timorous? This beastie is big, brave and an absolute blast!

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Timorous Beastie Reviews


Delightful sip. Bought in Kankakee, Illinois as a gift/house warming for my brother. We both enjoyed an evening's tipple and a good old chin wag. Thanks for the accompanying complex whiskey.

19th September 2020


Love this stuff so much that when it's finally my time to go will be having my cremated ashes placed inside. I hope 🙏 I am around to drink several cases more!

10th June 2020

sweetly honeyed and a great rounded malt

a sweet honeyed little number from the highland region - a great all-rounded malt that I really enjoyed and will certainly buy and enjoy again

25th May 2020

Really recommended

Barley sweetness with marmalade, vanilla fudge and buttery scones - this is a elegant, sweet highland style of malt and I thoroughly enjoyed every drop.

20th April 2020


I enjoyed a bottle of Rock Oyster by Douglas Laing so much I sought out what else they might have. Timorous Beastie tastes young and ripe. I've never had a "ripe" Scotch whisky before. Any "notes" are overpowered by the young sugary ripeness. Like in the movie Twins with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, it's as if they separated all of the good whisky and put it in Rock Oyster and all of the bad whisky and put it in Timorous Beastie.

24th October 2019

Delicious Beastie

I definitely can recommend this bottle! I never heard of this one till last week, so the next day I bought myself a bottle. Like the other Douglas Laing's brands The Epicurean is a remarkable whisky for a very reasonable price!

4th January 2019

Odd variation from previous bottle

Not sure what happened, I had a bottle in 2017 that was magnificent and then got another bottle recently that was absolutely awful and reminded me of Duggan's Dew. Beware inconsistency with this one.

27th October 2018


I love all the Douglas Laing range but this one is my favourite. So honeyed and sweet, can't fault it

3rd July 2018

Tasty and satisfying

Nothing timorous but quite a lot of (nice) beastie. Gentle and eat to drink but with lots of tastes that linger in the curiosity. A good drink to pass round the table with people who think they don't like whiskey! Bige taste, imo, than Scallywag.

23rd December 2017

Enjoyed tremendously

What a marvellous highland malt! I thoroughly enjoyed this Scotch which is full of everything I'd look for in an impactful high strength and not chill filtered whisky.

26th September 2017

A hefty Highland Malt... delicious

A beast of a Scotch. A great "wee" highlander. Loads of buttery honey, warm sponge and vanilla custard. Utterly delicious. I'll be buying a second bottle for sure.

15th September 2017

always a bonus to find something like this

Had no idea about this cheeky chap, tried it, want it, will buy more...I can only imagine the low scoring stars may have been influenced by a tainted pallet. It's complex, multilayered and doesn't give in after several drams. Certainly honey lemon toffee but not overtly sweet - the strength suggests finding a water drop that suits you - it continues to offer depth with more than I'd usually add. A great blend (yes a blend) that will become a resident in the collection - great packaging design too for those that admire fine illustration.

10th September 2017

Perhaps I had a duff bottle

Bears more than a passing resemblance to Sadiqi, the home-distilled ethyl alcohol which, mixed with 7-up, we drank to numb our minds in Kuwait back in the ‘60’s. Delivers the same cracking headache, too. While this hooch might possibly be a nostalgia trip for aging Gulfers, for anyone else it’s just alcoholic sugar water, with a (very) faint hint of vanilla.
I did try a couple of other Malts from the fridge, just to see whether I’d suddenly lost my sense of taste and smell – thankfully, they were their usual delicious selves.
Perhaps I simply had a duff bottle.

2nd September 2017

Something Missing

My main criticism relates to the young age of the malts employed. It adds up to a rather dull tasting with little complexity and brash citron honey flavour with few spices or much other interest. I was expecting something better for the price. However, it is bottled at a good strength and is not chill-filtered and without E150 colouring.

12th August 2017

Very nice blend

Light in color and starts crisp and finishes shiny. I found it had a nice complex and light flavor. Easy to drink. Might be a touch high for daily whisky, but a good semi-special treat in the summer.

29th March 2017


I really don't know what to say... Dissapointment of the 2016.
Very aggressive nose followed by immature taste and harsh finish. Four times more expensive than bulk blends? C'mon
Price tag of Johnnie Walker Red Label woud be appropriate.

1st February 2017

Blown away

Complex, on the sweet side but not too sweet, finishes kind of dry, so many pleasant flavors, masterfully blended, a better $50 bottle does not exist

20th December 2016

A cracking Speysider


16th February 2016

I love it!

I asked for a bottle for Christmas, based sheerly upon the name and bottle art. What a delight to have it be so very tasty to boot! Now as I read your description, I can think about all those flavors as well as my own interpretation of its earthy pungence upon first smell and sip.

13th April 2015

John Holman

Smooth, warming and delicious - hits the spot, not shy at all - a very brave animal!

15th March 2015

What an interesting beast!

Starts with a nice toffee beginning but the taste was more subtle that I expected compared to the taste. An enjoyable taste that really grew as I tasted more.

21st December 2014

Best laid plans...

This is a powerful whisky. Nose: Sherry, seagrass, honey, heather. Palate: candy floss, rice wine, Christmas cake, liquorice. Finish: Toffee, peppercorn, malt, cinnamon. It's like a trip to the seaside.

19th December 2014

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