Established in 1948, leading independent Scotch Whisky specialist, Douglas Laing &
Co recently announced the re-launch of an old favourite – their McGibbon’s Golf Range
Blended Scotch Whisky – just in time for the Ryder Cup.
The range features the "Special Reserve" ceramic Golf Club decanter and the "Premium Reserve" Golf Bag decanter. This is the re-launch of the bottlings which earned Douglas Laing the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement in 1990. Uniting Scotland’s heritage of golf and Scotch Whisky, both are Small Batch specialist bottlings at 43% alcohol strength which are hand-bottled into limited edition ceramic decanters.
Honouring a golfers trusty 3 wood, the Special Reserve has been matured in an inspired combination of 3 different types of oak cask: first and second-fill Bourbon and Oloroso Sherry. The result is a Whisky displaying rich burnt sugar, vanilla, sweet malt and runny honey.
The Premium Reserve Golf Bag has a high proportion of old malts and Oloroso sherry cask matured Whisky. The result is a unique Whisky revealing stewed fruits, creamy caramel, zesty orange and dark chocolate.
Says Douglas Laing’s Managing Director (and Master Blender) Fred Laing: “We are absolutely delighted to have refreshed and brought back these old favourites. The timing is perfect as the Ryder Cup excitement builds and it is an ideal way of combining two of Scotland’s greatest passions – golf and Scotch Whisky.”
The McGibbon’s Special Reserve and Premium Reserve will be available from good Whisky retailers from September 2014.
OFFICIAL TASTING NOTES:
The Special Reserve:
Nose: burnt sugar, vanilla & citrus
Palate: layers of runny honey, sweet malt & dark fruits
Finish: long – displaying milk chocolate & coconut
The Premium Reserve:
Nose: stewed fruits, caramel & vanilla pods
Palate: zesty orange, coconut & dark chocolate
Finish: lingering – waves of barley, dark fruits & vanilla cream
• Bottled at 43% alcohol strength
• Packaged in 50cl / 500ml ceramic decanters
• The Special Reserve RRP £44.99
• The Premium Reserve RRP £49.99