Douglas Laing Reveals its Dark, Eerie New Whisky this Halloween
Douglas Laing & Co has added to their Remarkable Regional Malt series with the launch of special edition – The Gauldrons – a “vatted” Malt exclusively from Campbeltown and produced in very small batches. This latest addition sees the Regional Malt range uniquely feature six different Scotch Whisky producing regions.
The Gauldrons is inspired by the eponymous dark sandy coves on Campbeltown’s west shores and literally means “bay of storms”. It was here King Robert the Bruce, having been defeated by his enemies, was encouraged, whilst watching a spider building his web with great patience but great difficulty, to try, try and try again. It is this ancient legend which is reflected in The Gauldrons packaging which features an intricate spider illustration.
In true Douglas Laing style, The Gauldrons spirit is bottled without colouring or chill filtration and is produced in small, artisanal batches. Each batch will be numbered to allow bottlings to be compared and contrasted as the Campbeltown spirit develops in cask over the years.
Fred Laing, Douglas Laing Managing Director, comments: “We are delighted to add to our Remarkable Regional Malt family with this Campbeltown member – particularly as this region was once Scotland’s Whisky Capital. The Gauldrons has seen us carefully marry together some of our best, and indeed rarest, casks of Campbeltown Single Malt. The resulting spirit is a unique combination of salt and sweet – the archetypal maritime tang balanced perfectly by a sugary, cereal character.
Douglas Laing’s The Gauldrons will be available from specialist retailers from October, priced at £50 at 46.2% ABV, in black bottle and gold foiled presentation tube.
On the nose detect a dry saltiness with sweet cereal and a late hint of gentle peat smoke. The palate is initially dry (beachy and maritime) warming to crunched sugar, barley and oak. The warmingly spiced finish brings puffs of smoke and rock pools with a dark sugar sweetness.
Established in 1948, Douglas Laing & Co. is a leading independent Scotch Whisky blender and bottler specialising in the selection and release of Single Cask Single and Small Batch Malt Scotch Whiskies.
The company was founded by Fred Douglas Laing in 1948 and is still owned and run by the Laing family – Fred Laing Jr and his daughter Cara Laing.
The company philosophy is to bottle the way the distiller intended – at a high strength and non-chill-filtered to preserve the robust and unique character of the Whisky. Douglas Laing’s industry reputation and many awards is testament to this ethos.
The Gauldrons joins Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts, the “Ultimate Distillation of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Regions”, which also includes The Epicurean from the Lowlands, Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), Rock Oyster (the Islands) and Big Peat (Islay). Beyond these, the award-winning Douglas Laing portfolio also includes Provenance, Old Particular and XOP Single Casks, as well as King of Scots, Single Minded and Double Barrel.