Douglas Laing

Douglas Laing was established as a blending house back in 1948 and went on to have success with Delux blends such as King Of Scots. The company began to bottle single casks around 1999 and has since grown into one of Scotland’s major Independent Bottlers.

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Douglas Laing was established as a blending house back in 1948 and went on to have success with Delux blends such as King Of Scots. The company began to bottle single casks around 1999 and has since grown into one of Scotland’s major Independent Bottlers.

It’s earliest - and still most famous - ranges are the Old Malt Cask, Old & Rare and Provenance (under its subsidiary company name Douglas McGibbon). All bottled single casks at varying degrees of strength. Numerous great and famous bottlings appeared in these ranges throughout the 2000s. Later brands and ranges included Director’s Cut, Old Particular, Premier Barrel, Clan Denny (primarily aged grain whiskies) and Big Peat.

In 2013 the company split to form two separate companies, the new one being Hunter Laing. Hunter Laing kept the Old Malt Cask and Old & Rare range along with the more obscure Douglas Of Drumlanrig range. They continue to bottle single casks in these ranges much as before.

Old Malt Cask

The Old Malt Cask range was first created by Douglas Laing back in 1999 as their flagship range of single cask bottlings. More recently it has shifted to the Hunter Laing portfolio after the company split.

The core principles of the range, however, remain unchanged. All bottlings are single cask, all are bottled at 50% abv unless the natural cask strength has fallen below this mark. All whiskies are non-chill-filtered and bottled without the addition of caramel colouring.

There have been some remarkable whiskies bottled in this range over the years. Early glories such as the 1952 Glenlochy, 1960 Bunnahabhain's and later bottlings of 1971 Clynelish and 1969 Port Ellen at great ages are all highly sought after and now very difficult to find.

There have been spectacular examples from numerous distilleries; 1971 Brora, 1967 Ardbeg - as well as a multitude of other terrific Ardbeg single casks - likewise Port Ellen has featured strongly in the range over the years.

Today there are still often forgotten gems which appear, bottlings such as 1970 Glen Ord and 1966 Banff don’t show up very often but are very popular when they do.

Today the range remains popular and continues to bottle excellent single cask malt whiskies at the very quaffable strength of 50%.

Old & Rare Platinum Selection

The Old & Rare Platinum Selection - to give it its full name - was originally launched just after the millennium by independent whisky bottlers Douglas Laing.

It has since moved stables when Douglas Laing split as a company and now falls under the ‘Hunter Laing’ company roof. The original concept of the series was to showcase some of the rarest and oldest casks (literally: old and rare) in the company’s archives.

The series has featured many legendary and now very scarce and expensive bottlings over the years since it was first introduced. Incredible bottlings such as the 1970 and 1972 Broras, 1967 Glen Garioch, numerous 1970s Ardbegs, 1962 Dailuaine and many terrific Port Ellens have graced the range over the years - many of which now command serious prices at auction.

Today the range continues to release what the company considers to be the very best casks in its stocks. Bottlings are always at natural strength, unfiltered and without additional colouring.

Directors' Cut

The ‘Director’s Cut’ was a range of whiskies bottled for a short time by independent bottler Douglas Laing until it was discontinued and replaced with the Xtra Old Particular range in 2013.

The series featured some of the oldest and rarest stocks from Douglas Laing’s archive of casks. Each bottling was a single cask bottled at cask strength without chill-filtration or the addition of caramel colouring. The range featured both single malt and single grain whiskies.

Old Particular

The Old Particular Range of single cask malt and grain whiskies was created by Douglas Laing after the split of the company to replace their Old Malt Cask range.

It is similar to that range in presentation and ethos, except that all bottlings are done at full strength without reduction.

The range encompasses a broad spectrum of different single malts and grain whiskies and tends to showcase mid-age, well-matured examples in their natural state.

Douglas McGibbon

Douglas McGibbon is a subsidiary company of Douglas Laing and houses one of their flagship ranges: Provenance.

The Provenance bottlings are usually 43% or 46%, although occasionally higher strengths are bottled as well. They can be single casks or small-batch releases.

They are released without colouring and usually feature younger single malts, although older more exceptional bottlings have been released under this range in the past.

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