Established in 1948, Douglas Laing is a leading creator and purveyor of the finest Scotch Whisky with particular focus on artisan, Small Batch and Single Cask bottlings. A proud family business in its third generation, our goal is to continually exceed the expectations of our customers and consumers around the world by offering the most special, quality-driven and unique Scotch Whisky experience.
A passion for whisky
From our long-held stocks, we hand select the finest, and often rarest, Scotch Whisky casks from across all of Scotland’s Whisky regions and bottle them as the distiller intended; at high alcohol strength, and without colouring or chill-filtration. By adding nothing and taking nothing away, we offer the consumer an experience close to sampling Whisky straight from the cask in the depths of a cold, dank Distillery warehouse.
We specialise in
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery. Malted barley must be the only cereal ingredient. As with any Scotch Whisky, a Single Malt must be distilled in Scotland and matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years. Single Cask Single Malt is a particularly premium class of Single Malt in which each bottle comes from an individual ageing cask, showing all its own distinct character, instead of being created by blending together the contents of various casks to provide uniformity of colour and taste. Our award-winning XOP, Old Particular and Provenance ranges offer that premium class of Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky, at various different ages, to those seeking something truly extraordinary.
Single Grain Scotch Whisky
Single Grain Scotch Whisky is produced in Scotland at a single distillery, in a continuous process, produced from water and malted barley, with grains of other cereals (which may be malted or unmalted). There are only a few distilleries in Scotland that produce Single Grain Whisky these days, but our XOP and Old Particular Single Grain bottlings contain some of the oldest, finest and rarest liquids from many, including the esteemed (and now closed) likes of Dumbarton and Port Dundas Distilleries.
Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Previously known in the industry as “Vatted” Malt (a term that is still preferred by all at Douglas Laing), “Blended Malt” differs from simply “Blended” Whisky in that it contains no Grain Whisky, and is therefore widely considered a superior category. Our Remarkable Regional Malts (Big Peat from Islay, Scallywag from Speyside, Timorous Beastie from the Highlands and Rock Oyster, displaying the best from the Islands) are Blended Malt Scotch Whiskies, combining the spirit from some of the regions’ finest Distilleries to produce the ultimate territorial tastes of Scotland. If a Single Malt is a violin, you might consider a Blended Malt an entire orchestra.
Our roots have always been firmly in the art of blending. A Blended Whisky is one that contains both Malt and Grain Whiskies from two or more Distilleries, and the complexities of creating the finest blends, such as Douglas Laing’s The King of Scots and our McGibbon’s Special Reserve Blends, should not be underestimated.