With over 65 years of experience in the Scotch
Whisky industry, leading independent Scotch Whisky specialist, Douglas Laing &
Co announce the release of their new core Single Malt Single Cask range – their
Douglas Laing’s Old Particular is a ‘particularly’ unique series of individually
hand-selected aged Single Cask Malts from all over Scotland – each bottled
according to the founders’ philosophy of topmost quality. Meaning, Old
Particular bottlings are from only one cask, without colouring and without chill
filtration – allowing the cask and the naturally present oils, fats and enzymes in
the spirit to make their own special contribution to its nose, mouthfeel, palate
Launching this September and available from specialist Whisky retailers, some
truly exceptional bottlings feature in this first batch including Malts distilled at
Bowmore, Caperdonich and Port Ellen distilleries to name but a few.
Since the start of the year, the Douglas Laing team has been quietly progressing and developing this exciting new range, which they believe is their best yet. Fred Laing, company Managing Director, and Jan Beckers, Global Malt Ambassador, have long been the ‘Noses’ within Douglas Laing. Accordingly they have been particularly busy selecting casks, writing tasting notes and determining the optimum alcohol strength at which to release this new series.
Douglas Laing have chosen to bottle Old Particular at three different alcohol strengths. Some rarities will be bottled at cask or natural strength and thereafter 48.4% for the bottlings aged to 18 years and 51.5% for 19 and over. These strengths have been decided upon after considerable internal discussion, tasting Global Malt Ambassador Jan Beckers comments “I am lucky enough to have been involved in the selection of thousands of casks at Douglas Laing and I am particularly excited about this new range. We believe the lower strength of 48.4% allows the ‘younger’, feistier Whiskies to soften out some of their ‘hotter’ characteristics. The older Malts have already had the effect of the Angel’s Share to mollify some of these hot spots and we believe at 51.5% strength, we achieve Meanwhile no attention to detail has been missed in developing the packaging for Douglas Laing’s Old Particular Single Casks. From the super premium gift tube to the regionally coloured bottle labels, the team has worked tirelessly to create packaging worthy of such unique and old Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
Says Douglas Laing’s Managing Director Fred Laing: “After 65 years in the industry, we believe we have created Douglas Laing’s best ever Single Cask range – a natural progression to what has gone before. It has been a real labour of love, enthusiasm and experience – so the team and I are delighted to now be launching our Old Particular selection. We hope this Single Cask range captures the imagination of Whisky enthusiasts globally. It should take you as close as you can get to that rarest of pleasures – sampling a dram straight from its cask in the hallowed surroundings of a distillery warehouse.”
Douglas Laing’s Old Particular Single Casks will be available from specialist Whisky retailers from September 2013.