A History Lesson of Blended Scotch With Douglas Laing

King of Scots Blended Scotch WhiskyAnyone who knows anything about Douglas Laing and Co knows their roots stem back to the purchase of the King of Scots blend and that blending whisky was the main purpose of the business until fairly recently.

With more happening, from single casks and blended (vatted) malts and the announcement of a new Glasgow Distillery the company is going from strength to strength and King of Scots remains a part of the company.

I've taken the opportunity here to sample and review a couple of Blended Scotch whiskies from Douglas Laing, partly as i'm enjoying a lot more Blended Scotch at the moment and partly to showcase that this part of the whisky industry is still going strong.

The King of Scots and McGibbons Special Reserve are both seriously tasty whiskies and in my opinion well priced for what they are also. Its time we beat some of this malt snobbery out of the industy and got the geeks involved with blended whiskies once again.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official samples.


King of Scots Blended Scotch Whisky

King of Scots Blended Scotch WhiskyAnyone who knows anything about Douglas Laing and Co knows their roots stem back to the purchase of the King of Scots blend and this dram is still available to buy today.

Available in the UK but tends to be much more popular in export markets around the world this dram has lovely notes of dried roasted sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds, there's the insides of a honeydew melon and the green outer leaves of a corn cob, it sounds odd but it's actually a really tasty dram and for me makes the bigger known brands in the UK pale into comparison.

This is a dram i'd happily have as a regular sipper and also one i'd happily have in the house for those times when someone asks for a whisky and mixer as a good quality alternative.

If you fancy trying this grab one from specialists like Master of Malt

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official samples.

 

Dry toasted seeds sunflower and pumpkin seeds especially, the scooped out middle seeds and elements from a honeydew melon, a light hint of acrylic glue and a touch of light oak woodiness. Green outer of a corn cob, When left in the glass some ground coffee notes and some Chinese five spice begin to appear.

Corn cob outer leaves, more of the dry roasted sunflower seeds, a puff of light smokiness comes in also, porridge oats and those slight sweet melon insides again

Light smoky notes and those sweet honeydew melon inners again

Bottle Name: King of Scots Blended Scotch Whisky
Age: NAS
ABV: 40.00
Distiller: Douglas Laing
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Blend
From: Scotland, Not Scottish


McGibbons Special Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky

McGibbons Special Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky Another range of Blended Scotch whiskies from Douglas Laing is the McGibbons range which features a bit of a golf theme throughout.

This "special Reserve" comes in a golf club style decanter and is a step up in terms of quality over the basic Blended Scotch in the range and you can tell almost straight away.

The nose has that instant hot radiator note and just feels like a quality dram straight away, raspberry notes but they are a little tarnished with hot well fired rolls and some preserved lemons. The mouthfeel is thick, especially considering the ABV and coats the mouth well with a hugely flavourful and complex dram.

Right into malt money territory i know but this is a great dram and would be a lovely gift for any golf fan also.

If you fancy trying this grab one from specialists like Master of Malt

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official samples.

 

An initial dirty hot radiator note, slightly mechanics oily, burnt (or caramelised if you’re a chef) raspberry, well fired rolls and overdone raspberry pie, pickling juices from preserved lemons and a touch of liquorice appearing with time,

Nice thick oily mouthfeel, smoked raspberries and more of those well fired rolls, dried fruits edging in with mixed raisins sultanas and dried apricots. Sweetness and smoke mix gentle with a touch of oiled oak

Quite long and sweet raisiny, hints of smoke still lingering

Bottle Name: McGibbons Special Reserve Blended Scotch Whisky
Age: NAS
ABV: 43.00
Distiller: Douglas Laing
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Blend
From: Scotland, Not Scottish


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