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Douglas Laing

Douglas Laing

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Website: https://www.douglaslaing.com/

Established in 1948, Douglas Laing is a leading creator and purveyor of the finest Scotch Whisky with particular focus on artisanSmall 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.

Blended Whisky

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.

Douglas Laing Whisky Reviews

  • Ardmore-8-GreatDrams Ardmore 8 Years Old GreatDrams Exclusive ~ 46% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Ardmore 8 Years Old GreatDrams Exclusive Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Ardmore Distillery Bottling: Douglas Laing bottled for GreatDrams ABV: 46% Cost: £50.00 buy from GreatDrams What they say: Bottled exclusively for GreatDrams, this limited edition Ardmore 8 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt Whisky bottling is a release of just 299 […]
  • balmenach-10-year-old-2005-cask-11247-provenance-douglas-laing-whisky Balmenach 10 Years Old 2005 Cask 11247 Provenance ~ 46% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Balmenach 10 Years Old 2005 Cask 11247 Provenance Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balmenach Distillery Bottling: Douglas Laing, Provenance ABV: 46% Cost: £41.50 from Douglas Laing or £35.33 from Master of Malt What they say: Douglas Laing’s Provenance Single Malts are bottled exactly as the distiller intended – without colouring and without […]
  • Benrinnes 18YO 1997 Provenance Benrinnes 18 Years Old 1997 – Provenance ~ 46% (Douglas Laing) - Benrinnes 18 Years Old 1997 – Provenance 46% ABV, £54.95 for 70cl Score: 87/100 What they say: A single cask bottling of Benrinnes by highly regarded independent bottlers Douglas Laing. “Opens spicy and sweetly gristed on the nose, then runs to a cookie dough and toffee character. The palate is richly spiced carrying a butterscotch […]
  • Big Peat Christmas 2014 Edition ~ 55.7% (Douglas Laing) - Big Peat Christmas 2014 Edition Blended malt scotch whisky 55.7% ABV, £45.83 for 70cl Score: 90/100 What they say: Big Peat – small batch Islay blended malt scotch whisky A shovelful of Islay Single Malt Scotch Whiskies including malts distilled at: Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore & Port Ellen distilleries Big Peat at Christmas – enjoy Big Peat […]
  • Dailuaine 15 Years Old 1998 – Old Particular ~ 48.4% (Douglas Laing) - Dailuaine 15 Years Old 1998 – Old Particular (Douglas Laing) 48.4% ABV, ~£65 available from December 2013 Score: 72/100 What they say: Distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2013, the Dailuaine 15 Years Old from the Old Particular range is due to be launched December 2013. What I say: Blind dram #2 at the #scallywag […]
  • dallas-dhu-22-year-old-1976-omc Dallas Dhu 24 Years Old 1976 Old Malt Cask ~ 50% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Dallas Dhu 24 Years Old 1976 Old Malt Cask Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Dallas Dhu Distillery [closed] Bottling: Douglas Laing; Old Malt Cask ABV: 50% Cost: ~ £150 at auction What they say: Distilled in October 1976 at the now closed Dallas Dhu distillery, this was aged for over 24 years […]
  • dalmore-17-year-old-1996-cask-10206-old-particular-douglas-laing-whisky Dalmore 17 Years Old 1996 Old Particular Cask 10206 ~ 48.4% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Dalmore 17 Years Old 1996 Old Particular Cask 10206 Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Dalmore Distillery Bottling: Douglas Laing; Old Particular ABV: 48.4% Cost: Sold out What they say: Independently bottled by the chaps at Douglas Laing, this Dalmore single malt spent 17 years maturing in a single cask before it […]
  • Dalmore 17 Years Old 1997 – Old Particular ~ 55.5% (Douglas Laing) - Dalmore 17 Years Old 1997 – Old Particular Single malt scotch whisky 55.5% ABV, £78.45 for 70cl Score: 87/100 What they say: A 17 Year old expression from Dalmore distillery bottled as part of the Old Particular range One of 237 bottles charged from a refill hogshead. Ref – DL10427 This single cask was distilled […]
  • Dufftown 18 Years Old, Old Particular Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 – Old Particular ~ 48.4% (Douglas Laing) - Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 – Old Particular (Douglas Laing) 48.4% ABV, ~£60 launching December 2013 Score: 90/100 What they say: The Dufftown 18 Years Old from the Old Particular range is due to be launched December 2013. What I say: Blind dram #3 at the #scallywag twitter tasting event. Colour: Pale gold Nose: spirity & strong/alcoholic, […]
  • The Dram Team Incredible Indies Event: The Dram Team Incredible Indies Twitter Tasting - The Dram Team Incredible Indies Twitter Tasting A follow-up to the inaugural tasting from The Dram Team, Thursday 27th October 2016 saw their 2nd twitter tasting – a much less formal affair – based on their latest tasting set release, focussed upon independently bottled scotch whiskies. As a staunch supporter of Indie bottlers, without them […]
  • fettercairn-10-year-old-2005-10943-provenance-douglas-laing-whisky Fettercairn 10 Years Old 2005 cask 10943 Provenance ~ 46% (Douglas Laing) - Review: Fettercairn 10 Years Old 2005 cask 10943 Provenance Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Fettercairn Distillery Bottling: Douglas Laing; Provenance range ABV: 46% Cost: £34.48 What they say: A 10 year old single malt from the Fettercairn distillery, matured in a refill hogshead from summer 2005 to autumn 2015. It comes to us […]
  • Girvan 20 Years Old 1993 – Clan Denny ~ 56.7% (Douglas Laing) - Girvan 20 Years Old 1993 – Clan Denny Single grain scotch whisky 56.7% ABV, £88.25 for 70cl Score: 86/100 What they say: The Clan Denny range of single grain whiskies are always bottled at natural cask strength by Douglas Laing & Co Ltd. Bottled from one refill barrel -Ref. DH10439 Official tasting notes: Opens sweetly on […]
  • GlenGrant_21OP Glen Grant 21 Years Old 1992 – Old Particular ~ 51.5% (Douglas Laing) - Glen Grant 21 Years Old 1992 – Old Particular (Douglas Laing) 51.5% ABV, £92.09 from Master of Malt Score: 88/100 What they (Master of Malt) say: This Glen Grant single malt Scotch whisky was distilled in 1992, long before the distillery was bought by Campari in 2006. Grab a piece of history, expertly bottled by Douglas […]
  • glen-ord-21-year-old-1990-old-malt-cask-douglas-laing-whisky Glen Ord 21 Years Old 1990 Old Malt Cask ~ 50% (Douglas Laing) - Glen Ord 21 Years Old 1990 – Old Malt Cask (Doulgas Laing) 50% ABV, £74.20 for 70cl Score: 88/100 What they say: A 21 year old, single cask Glen Ord distilled in January 1990 and aged in a refill butt before bottling in January 2011. A release of just 492 bottles from Douglas Laing’s Old […]
  • Glenallachie 16YO 1995 OMC Glenallachie 16 Years Old 1995 – Old Malt Cask ~50% (Douglas Laing) - Glenallachie 16 Years Old 1995 – Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) 50% ABV, £60 for 70cl Score: 85/100 What they say: A 16 year old Glenallachie from the award-winning Old Malt Cask range from Douglas Laing. This was distilled in May of 1995, aged in a refill hogshead and bottled in December of 2011 at […]
  • Highland Park 28 Years Old 1984 – Executive Decision ~ 48.5% (Douglas Laing) - Highland Park 28 Years Old 1984 – Executive Decision (aka Director’s Cut) Single malt scotch whisky 48.5% ABV, £230 for 70cl Score: 90/100 What they say: At this point during our visit to the Douglas Laing & Co Ltd. HQ, Jan started to wrap things up and start moving onto a few older and peatier samples […]
  • jura-21-year-old-1992-cask-10304-old-particular-douglas-laing-whisky Jura 21 Years Old 1992 Old Particular Cask 10304 ~ 51.2% (Douglas Laing) - Jura 21 Years Old 1992 Cask#10304 – Old Particular ~ 51.2% (Douglas Laing & Co Ltd.) 51.2% ABV, £95 for 70cl available from Master of Malt Score: 89/100 What they say: Single malt from the Isle of Jura, bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. This independently bottled beauty was distilled in October […]
  • Jura 22 Years Old 1992 Old Particular Cask 10362 ~ 47.9% (Douglas Laing) - Jura 22 Years Old 1992 – Old Particular Single malt scotch whisky 47.9% ABV, £98.88 for 70cl Score: 89/100 What they say: A 22 year old expression from Jura distillery One of 282 bottles charged from a refill hogshead. Ref – DL10362 This single cask was distilled March 1992 and bottled May 2014 What I […]
  • Linkwood 17 Years Old 1997 – Old Particular ~ 48.4% (Douglas Laing) - Linkwood 17 Years Old 1997 – Old Particular Single malt scotch whisky 48.4% ABV Score: 85/100 What they say: A 17 year old expression from Linkwood distillery bottled as part of the Old Particular range One of 401 bottles charged from a refill hogshead. Ref  – DL10413 This single cask was distilled June 1997 and […]
  • Macduff21YO_OMC Macduff 21 Years Old 1990 cask#8002 – Old Malt Cask ~ 50% (Douglas Laing) - Macduff 21 Years Old 1990 [cask 8002] – Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing) 50% ABV, £78 for 70cl Score: 87/100 What they say: Distilled at Macduff in 1990, this 21 year old single cask highland whisky was bottled by Douglas Laing as part of their Old Malt Cask series in 2011. Nose: Gristy and sweet, […]
  • Miltonduff 18 Years Old – Cask Sample ~ 52.5% (Douglas Laing) - Miltonduff 18 Years Old – Cask Sample Single malt scotch whisky 52.5% ABV Score: 88/100 What they say: Selected from the vast sample array during our visit to the Douglas Laing & Co Ltd. HQ, I think Tom or Neil may have suggested something from Miltonduff so Jan picked out this one. It was interesting to […]
  • Mystery Single Grain Sample ~ 62.1% (Douglas Laing) - Mystery Single Grain Sample Single grain scotch whisky 62.1% ABV Score: 89/100 What they say: At this point during our visit to the Douglas Laing & Co Ltd. HQ, we were graced by a visit from Fred Laing himself to check we were having an enjoyable time and were being well looked-after! Fred suggested Jan may […]
  • Port Dundas 21 Years Old 1992 [Cask #HH9452] – The Clan Denny ~ 55.7% (Douglas Laing) - Port Dundas 21 Years Old 1992 [Cask #HH9452] – The Clan Denny (Douglas Laing) 55.7% ABV, £70 for 70cl Score: 78/100 What they say: CLAN DENNY Old and rare Single Grain Scotch Whisky… Our Clan Denny Single Grain bottlings are increasingly becoming firm favourites with Whisky enthusiasts around the globe. We select only the finest […]
  • port-dundas-27-year-old-1988-cask-10981-old-particular-douglas-laing-whisky Port Dundas 27 Years Old 1988 Old Particular ~ 54.8% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Port Dundas 27 Years Old 1988 Old Particular Cask 10981 Category: Single grain scotch whisky Origin: Port Dundas Distillery (Closed) Bottling: Douglas Laing; Old Particular ABV: 54.8% Cost: £Discontinued What they say: This is an independently bottled single grain Scotch whisky from the Port Dundas distillery, presented as part of the Old Particular range […]
  • port-dundas-36-year-old-1978-cask-10421-xtra-old-particular-douglas-laing-whisky Port Dundas 36 Years Old 1978 XOP ~ 60.7% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Port Dundas 36 Years Old 1978 XOP Cask 10421 Category: Single grain scotch whisky Origin: Port Dundas Distillery (Closed) Bottling: Douglas Laing; Xtra Old Particular ABV: 60.7% Cost: £Discontinued What they say: 36 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the Port Dundas distillery, distilled all the way back in 1978! It was matured […]
  • rock-oyster-whisky Rock Oyster ~ 46.8% (Douglas Laing) - Review: Rock Oyster Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Category: Blended Island Malt Scotch Whisky Origin: Various distilleries Bottling: Douglas Laing ABV: 46.8% Cost: £37.84 from Master of Malt What they say: Paying homage the sea, Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster is a Small Batch bottling created using the finest maritime Malts including those distilled on the esteemed […]
  • Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt Whisky ~ 46% (Douglas Laing) - Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt Whisky (Douglas Laing) 46% ABV, £36.49 from specialist whisky shops Score: 70/100 What they say: Scotland (28th October, 2013) – With over 65 years of ‘pedigree’ in the Scotch Whisky industry, leading independent Scotch Whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co today announce the release of their brand new Speyside Vatted Malt […]
  • springbank-21-year-old-1993-cask-10527-old-particular-douglas-laing-whisky Springbank 21 Year Old 1993 Old Particular Cask 10527 ~ 51.4% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Springbank 21 Year Old 1993 Old Particular Cask 10527 Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky Origin: Springbank Distillery Bottling: Douglas Laing; Old Particular ABV: 51.4% Cost: £230 from The Green Welly Stop What they say: Independently bottled Springbank single malt! Awesome! This tasty Campbeltown whisky was distilled in May 1993 and matured in […]
  • strathmill-30-years-old-1977-omc-dl Strathmill 30 Years Old 1977 Old Malt Cask ~ 50% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Strathmill 30 Years Old 1977 Old Malt Cask Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Strathmill Distillery Bottler: Douglas Laing; Old Malt Cask; Cask 4070 ABV: 50% Cost: £88.40 What they say: Distilled April 1977 Bottled December 2007 This bottle is one of only 302 bottles filled from one refill hogshead DL ref 4070 Nose: […]
  • syndicate Syndicate 58/6 12 Years Old ~ 40% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Syndicate 58/6 12 Years Old Category: Blended Scotch Whisky Origin: Undisclosed 18 malt and 4 grain distilleries Bottling: Douglas Laing & Co. Ltd. ABV: 40% Cost: £30.24 £25.95 malt of the month buy from Master of Malt What they say: The Syndicate blend contains 18 Single Malt Whiskies and 4 Single Grain Whiskies. The […]
  • the-epicurean-whisky The Epicurean ~ 46.2% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: The Epicurean Category: Lowland blended malt scotch whisky Origin: Lowland distilleries Bottling: Douglas Laing; Remarkable Regional Malts ABV: 46.2% Cost: £34.30 from Master of Malt What they say: A dram described as “city born and bred”, Douglas Laing’s The Epicurean is a marriage of some of the finest Lowland Malts; bringing together the […]
  • tomatin-20-year-old-1994-cask-10442-old-particular-douglas-laing-whisky Tomatin 20 Year Old 1994 Old Particular cask 10442 ~ 46.8% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Tomatin 20 Year Old 1994 Old Particular cask 10442 Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Tomatin Distillery Bottling: Douglas Laing; Old Particular ABV: 46.8% Cost: £97.18 from Douglas Laing What they say: Douglas Laing’s “Old Particular” is a particularly unique series of individually hand-selected aged Single Cask Malts’ and Single Cask Single […]

Remarkable Regional Malts

  • the-epicurean-whisky The Epicurean ~ 46.2% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: The Epicurean Category: Lowland blended malt scotch whisky Origin: Lowland distilleries Bottling: Douglas Laing; Remarkable Regional Malts ABV: 46.2% Cost: £34.30 from Master of Malt What they say: A dram described as “city born and bred”, Douglas Laing’s The Epicurean is a marriage of some of the finest Lowland Malts; bringing together the […]

Provenance

  • balmenach-10-year-old-2005-cask-11247-provenance-douglas-laing-whisky Balmenach 10 Years Old 2005 Cask 11247 Provenance ~ 46% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Balmenach 10 Years Old 2005 Cask 11247 Provenance Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky Origin: Balmenach Distillery Bottling: Douglas Laing, Provenance ABV: 46% Cost: £41.50 from Douglas Laing or £35.33 from Master of Malt What they say: Douglas Laing’s Provenance Single Malts are bottled exactly as the distiller intended – without colouring and without […]
  • Campbeltown Church spire Terroir vs Provenance & the whisky transparency debate - Terroir From the French word terre – ‘land’ Meaning: The complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate or the characteristic taste and flavour imparted to a wine (or whisky?) by the environment in which it is produced. Provenance From the French word provenir […]

Old Particular

  • Dailuaine 15 Years Old 1998 – Old Particular ~ 48.4% (Douglas Laing) - Dailuaine 15 Years Old 1998 – Old Particular (Douglas Laing) 48.4% ABV, ~£65 available from December 2013 Score: 72/100 What they say: Distilled in 1998 and bottled in 2013, the Dailuaine 15 Years Old from the Old Particular range is due to be launched December 2013. What I say: Blind dram #2 at the #scallywag […]
  • dalmore-17-year-old-1996-cask-10206-old-particular-douglas-laing-whisky Dalmore 17 Years Old 1996 Old Particular Cask 10206 ~ 48.4% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Dalmore 17 Years Old 1996 Old Particular Cask 10206 Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Dalmore Distillery Bottling: Douglas Laing; Old Particular ABV: 48.4% Cost: Sold out What they say: Independently bottled by the chaps at Douglas Laing, this Dalmore single malt spent 17 years maturing in a single cask before it […]
  • Dufftown 18 Years Old, Old Particular Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 – Old Particular ~ 48.4% (Douglas Laing) - Dufftown 18 Year Old 1995 – Old Particular (Douglas Laing) 48.4% ABV, ~£60 launching December 2013 Score: 90/100 What they say: The Dufftown 18 Years Old from the Old Particular range is due to be launched December 2013. What I say: Blind dram #3 at the #scallywag twitter tasting event. Colour: Pale gold Nose: spirity & strong/alcoholic, […]
  • port-dundas-27-year-old-1988-cask-10981-old-particular-douglas-laing-whisky Port Dundas 27 Years Old 1988 Old Particular ~ 54.8% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Port Dundas 27 Years Old 1988 Old Particular Cask 10981 Category: Single grain scotch whisky Origin: Port Dundas Distillery (Closed) Bottling: Douglas Laing; Old Particular ABV: 54.8% Cost: £Discontinued What they say: This is an independently bottled single grain Scotch whisky from the Port Dundas distillery, presented as part of the Old Particular range […]
  • springbank-21-year-old-1993-cask-10527-old-particular-douglas-laing-whisky Springbank 21 Year Old 1993 Old Particular Cask 10527 ~ 51.4% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Springbank 21 Year Old 1993 Old Particular Cask 10527 Category: Campbeltown single malt scotch whisky Origin: Springbank Distillery Bottling: Douglas Laing; Old Particular ABV: 51.4% Cost: £230 from The Green Welly Stop What they say: Independently bottled Springbank single malt! Awesome! This tasty Campbeltown whisky was distilled in May 1993 and matured in […]
  • tomatin-20-year-old-1994-cask-10442-old-particular-douglas-laing-whisky Tomatin 20 Year Old 1994 Old Particular cask 10442 ~ 46.8% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Tomatin 20 Year Old 1994 Old Particular cask 10442 Category: Highland single malt scotch whisky Origin: Tomatin Distillery Bottling: Douglas Laing; Old Particular ABV: 46.8% Cost: £97.18 from Douglas Laing What they say: Douglas Laing’s “Old Particular” is a particularly unique series of individually hand-selected aged Single Cask Malts’ and Single Cask Single […]

Xtra Old Particular

  • port-dundas-36-year-old-1978-cask-10421-xtra-old-particular-douglas-laing-whisky Port Dundas 36 Years Old 1978 XOP ~ 60.7% (Douglas Laing) - Whisky Review: Port Dundas 36 Years Old 1978 XOP Cask 10421 Category: Single grain scotch whisky Origin: Port Dundas Distillery (Closed) Bottling: Douglas Laing; Xtra Old Particular ABV: 60.7% Cost: £Discontinued What they say: 36 year old single grain Scotch whisky from the Port Dundas distillery, distilled all the way back in 1978! It was matured […]

 

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