Douglas Laings 2013 RAF Charity Bottling Released

Douglas Laing and Co, the leading independent Scotch Whisky specialists have announced the release of their annual charity bottling – a Braeval 12 Years Old Single Sherry Cask with all profits going to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity. Douglas Laing’s Founder Fred Douglas Laing flew with RAF Coastal Command throughout World War Two making this years charitable bottling particularly poignant and fitting for the family owned Whisky firm.

Only 762 bottles have been released with the label depicting the striking hand-drawn Spitfire LO-Q courtesy of Scottish artist Professor Dugald Cameron, formerly Head of Glasgow School of Art. This very Spitfire featured was flown by Sandy Johnstone of 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron during the Battle of Britain.

Says Douglas Laing & Co’s Managing Director Fred Laing: “The association between Sergeant Fred Douglas Laing and the RAF Benevolent Fund was irresistible for me as I recollect how proud he was of his war service in the RAF – though a Spitfire ace he was not! I hope this iconic Spitfire drawing on the label, allied to a great Scotch Malt dram and the wonderful cause of the RAF Benevolent Fund will make this bottling a real ace!”

Bob Kemp, Regional Director of the RAF Benevolent Fund said, “We are delighted to team with Douglas Laing & Co in the unique launch of this rather special Clan Denny Braeval malt. The company has declared that all profits of this bottling will come to the RAF Benevolent Fund for which we are most grateful. And we will certainly raise a glass and remember founder Fred and all he achieved in his time flying with Coastal Commend in the dark days of the Second World War.”

Aged for 12 years, bottled at 46.8% alcohol strength and with no chill-filtration, the result is a very special Single Sherry Cask bottling whose tasting notes say it all: Revs up – sweetly citric and butterscotched on the nose – with a palate taking off into macerated fruit, honey, cinnamon and camphor – soaring to a finish of vanilla, barley and biscuits.

Douglas Laing’s Clan Denny Braeval 12 Years Old Single Cask bottling with all profits going to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund will be available in all good Whisky specialist retailers from December 2013.

Fred Laing is seen handing the first bottle to Bob Kemp of the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Fred Laing is seen handing the first bottle to Bob Kemp of the RAF Benevolent Fund. The launch of the whisky took place at the Kelvingrove Museum under the Spitfire, which features on the label drawn by Scottish artist Professor Dugald Cameron.

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