Established in 1948, leading independent Scotch whisky specialist, Douglas Laing & Co today announced the release of their brand new Island inspired “Vatted” Malt – Rock Oyster.
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 rightly esteemed Islands of Jura, Islay, Arran and Orkney.
Bottled at 46.8% and without colouring or chill-filtration, this small batch bottling has a maritime and oceanic character of sea-salt, sweet peat, smoke, honey and pepper.
Much attention and consideration was spent creating the packaging which features a bespoke illustration of both an oyster, and a nautical scene, while telling the story of this seafaring spirit.
Commenting on the new release, Douglas Laing’s Managing Director Fred Laing, said:“Rock Oyster showcases the archetypal Island character of gentle peat-smoke, vanilla, honey and salt. If I could select just one dram to transport the whisky enthusiast to the Islands of Scotland, it would be this one. Rock Oyster will sit proudly alongside our other core regionally themed Vatted Malts – Big Peat from Islay, Scallywag from Speyside and Timorous Beastie from the Highlands – hopefully contributing to Douglas Laing’s continued growth.”
Douglas Laing’s Rock Oyster will be available from specialist Whisky retailers from January 2015.
Distillers Douglas Laing & Co has released a core single malt, single cask Scotch whisky range called Old Particular.
Each bottling in the range is selected from a single cask at one of several distilleries in Laing’s portfolio
Each non-chill filtered bottling is selected from one of several barrels at distilleries including Bowmore, Caperdonich and Port Ellen.
Fred Laing, Douglas Laing’s managing director, said: “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.
“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.”
The Old Particular range has been bottled at three different alcohol strengths – some expressions will be bottled at cask strength, varieties up to 18-years-old will be bottled at 48.4% abv and those aged 19 and over will be bottled at 51.5% abv.
Global malt ambassador Jan Beckers said: “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.”
Old Particular launched in specialist whisky retailers this month.