Timorous Beastie is produced by Douglas Laing who produce fantastic blends and independent bottlings. Their Big Peat range is really good and highly thought of and Timorous Beastie is a fairly new addition to the range and is a Highland blend of whiskies coming from various distilleries including Dalmore, Glen Garioch and Glengoyne. This is bottled at 46.8%, very good for a blend and appears to have had no colouring added.
On the nose this reminds me immediately of a Rutherglen Muscat, it smells dark, thick and spicy with dried fruits, syrup, sweet spices, vanilla, some oak, a slight grape note. There are also some confected sweets and perhaps a little lemon peel. The nose is very appealing, but for me is more in the line of a fortified wine than a whisky, not that that's a bad thing.
On the palate this is soft and round with sweetness in line with the nose. Dried fruits and sherry notes lead the charge with this dram with apple, lemon and a slight herbaceous quality rounding off the initial offensive. The spice builds from there with sweet spices and pepper coming through, but are not too dark and heavy. This is a very palatable blend that has more complexity and depth than the average available and can certainly compete with most of the single malts in its price range and one that I would certainly suggest to someone looking for a call gift for a whisky fan.
Timorous Beastie is available from Master of Malt for £35.61