Glasgow-based Douglas Laing & Co are independent Scotch Whisky bottlers and blenders headed by Fred Laing, who proved the value of nepotism when he succeeded his father, Fred Douglas Laing who founded the company in 1948. In 2013, Fred enlisted the third generation of Laing’s and brought in his daughter Cara believing in the ethos of Women in Whisky – and why not? She worked at Whyte & Mackay for quite some years as Brand Manager of Jura Single Malt before moving on to market Bowmore and Glen Garioch Single Malts – an apprenticeship of some considerable note and value, with a deep love and appreciation of the Scotch Distillers art in general, and a soft spot for those 3 in particular. A key feature of Douglas Laing is our fine stock of different Malts built up over many decades and it’s been a pleasing perk, benefit and privilege for Fred and our Global Malt Ambassador Jan to nose and taste some of the finest quality samples. Today the company has a small but growing band of loyal followers around the world.
Big Peat Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky has a feisty Islay character with a sweet side. This is a small batch bottling, without colouring or chill-filtration and only contains Islay Malt Whiskies, including Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and (even the now closed) Port Ellen to name but a few!
NOSE: Fresh, salty and clean, developing to sweet malt dried over peat.
PALATE: Ashes, sweet tar, beaches and smoking chimneys.
FINISH: Long and lingering, replicating the palate with salty, tangy liquorice, smoke, bonfire ashes and a phenolic quality.