Posts Tagged “Douglas Laing”

Braeval 1990 – 25 Year Old – Douglas Laing XOP (57.3%)

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Braeval 1990 – 25 Year Old – Douglas Laing XOP (57.3%)

The DHL delivery guy called at 2 pm to say he was coming over with a package from the UK. My heart skipped a beat as I saw it was from Douglas Laing, as those packages always have amazing liquid inside them, but this time was extra special as there were two XOP samples inside,…

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present

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12 Bottles That Would Make a Great Christmas Present

Here we are just twelve days before Christmas (and it’s the first day of Hanukkah), and gift buying is at its height! I’ll give you my top 12 bottles that would make a great holiday gift. Obviously, they are all bottles I’ve tasted, and many of them adorn my own whisky cabinet. The rules? Easy: It has…

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Yula Princess or Goddess of Islay – Island Malts

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Yula Princess or Goddess of Islay – Island Malts

As my readers know, I’m intrigued by malt blends (vatted malts), and you really don’t get to see too many of them that were aged for 20 years. Douglas Laing has started a series of three very limited expressions of Island malts. This blend is made of paeated Island malts and is the first in…

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25 Year Old Bowmore in a Cracker of a Cask

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25 Year Old Bowmore in a Cracker of a Cask

Bowmore isn’t my favorite distillery by a long stretch, but any given single cask can be utterly beautiful. I was keen to taste this one because when the team at Douglas Laing, headed by Fred, choose casks to bottle in the XOP range, they really pick winners every time. XOP stands for Xtra Old Particular, and…

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Big Peat Christmas 2015 Edition – The Cask Strength Peat Monster….

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Big Peat Christmas 2015 Edition – The Cask Strength Peat Monster….

I visited Douglas Laing in Glasgow the other week. I will have a full report of the most enjoyable visit, but for today I wanted to review the Christmas edition of Big Peat, out every year for the holidays at Cask Strength. This year there were two important developments, both of which were mentioned on this blog,…

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The Pride of Speyside in Cask Strength

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The Pride of Speyside in Cask Strength

Douglas Laing recently launched the ‘Remarkable Regional Malts’ as an umbrella brand for the vatted/blended malts combining the highly popular Islay Big Peat with The Speyside Scallywag, Timorous Beastie from the Highlands and the maritime Rock Oyster from the Islands. Together with a new website (and online store), Douglas Laing has launched a video for the…

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Cameronbridge – A Behemoth Tamed in a Bottle…

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Cameronbridge – A Behemoth Tamed in a Bottle…

Cameronbridge is a real monster in terms of the amount of whisky it produces, we’re talking about 140 million liters per year. This is ten times larger than Glenfiddich, which is the largest malt distillery. This is the old Haig distillery (hence Diageo naming the single grain brand coming out of Cameronbridge ‘Haig Club’) which opend in…

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A 25 Year Old Grain From the Distillery Built by Television

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A 25 Year Old Grain From the Distillery Built by Television

Built by television? Well, yes…In 1955 Britain entered the television age, and with it, came TV advertising. Only there were no advertisements for Scotch whisky. The reason is the DCL, which pretty much dominated the industry, and it did not want to get into advertising in this new media. Basically, they took the view that…

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Strathclyde’s Single Grain – Is this Scotch Bourbon?

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Strathclyde’s Single Grain – Is this Scotch Bourbon?

Strathclyde is Chivas Bros’ grain distillery, operating in Glasgow. The distillery has seven column stills used to produce grain whiksy, and while they also have the capacity to produce neutral spirit, the distillery doesn’t use that feature. The grain whisky is intended for use in the Chivas Bros’ blends. Strathclyde distillery was founded in 1927…

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Fred’s Grainy Day – Douglas Laing and Single Cask Grain Whisky

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Fred’s Grainy Day – Douglas Laing and Single Cask Grain Whisky

North British is a 130 year old grain distillery jointly owned by Diageo and The Edrington Group, so you’ll find their grain whisky in both The Famous Grouse and in Johnny Walker (alongside Smirnoff Vodka). The distillery goes through 3300 tons of corn per week (and some malted barley, needed for every grain mash), and the…

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