Leading distiller, blender and bottler Douglas Laing & Co today unveils two new seasonal bottlings within their Islay and Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky brands: Big Peat Christmas Edition and Scallywag Winter Edition. These exclusive releases round off what has been a successful year for the two leading brands in Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts range, both of which were awarded gold at The Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters 2022.
In line with Douglas Laing’s ethos, these special bottlings are proudly offered without colouring or chill-filtration and are both bottled at a Natural Cask Strength, with Big Peat Christmas at 54.2% and Scallywag Winter at 54% alcohol.
A marriage of Single Cask Single Malts exclusively from Islay, Big Peat’s limited edition is said to be “bursting with burnt caramel, wafts of Hebridean sea air and rich earthy notes, balanced by a toasted marshmallow sweetness”. Big Peat Christmas Edition is packaged in a luxurious gift tube with gloss-varnished details and carries a bespoke illustration depicting the iconic bearded fisherman with his head stuck in a Christmas wreath. The candy-striped red and white bottle capsule that has become synonymous with the festive release completes the premium gifting offering.
Strictly limited to 5,400 bottles, Scallywag’s 100% Sherry Cask Matured bottling is the third annual Winter expression. Presented with a mini, green and red striped woolen scarf round the bottle neck for seasonal appeal. This limited release has been matured exclusively in a combination of Speyside Oloroso and Pedro Ximinéz Sherry butts. Each Single Cask Single Malt was hand-selected by the Douglas Laing family for its “rich and full-bodied flavours that complement the season”, resulting in a spirit that is described as “spectacularly spicy with hints of cinnamon and ginger, alongside sweet, indulgent dark chocolate”.
Commenting on the seasonal expressions, Brand Manager, Rebecca Fennell said:
“We’re delighted to unveil this year’s festive releases for two of our biggest brands, Big Peat and Scallywag. As a company, we are incredibly proud to see these editions become highly anticipated within the Whisky world and they have become something we look forward to every year. Both offered at a Natural Cask Strength and bursting with flavour, these drams are the ultimate warmers for the inevitable dark and crisp winter nights ahead.” Big Peat Christmas and Scallywag Winter Editions will be available from September 2022. These limited editions can be purchased from good specialist retailers in key markets globally, including Europe, America and Asia. Both expressions are expected to retail at £57.50 / €68.50.