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.
Douglas Laing’s Scallywag Blended Malt Scotch Whisky bottling was created using only the finest Speyside Malts including – amongst others – Mortlach, Macallan and Glenrothes. Bottled at 46% alcohol strength and non-chill-filtered, this Small Batch bottling has a distinct rich, dark colour – extracted from the many fine Spanish Sherry Butts used during maturation. In fact, we use 40% first-fill Sherry butts in the mix, and the result is a truly charming Malt with a richly spiced character, fused with vanilla (from the bourbon casks used), sweet stewed fruit, Christmas pudding, dark chocolate, zesty orange and sweet tobacco.
NOSE: Sweet on the nose, then warming to floral, light barley & spicy honeyed tones.
PALATE: Spicy, fructiferous, mellow, with sugary vanilla.
FINISH: Subtle, but runs to a sweet character that carries an oaky quality plus a late meringue style.