Douglas Laing & Co has added the first grain whiskies to its Old Particular range with the release of Old Particular single cask single grain whiskies.
The Old Particular range, comprising individually hand-selected aged whiskies from all over Scotland, launched in 2013. The Old Particular single grain collection launches with a Cameronbridge 25 years old, Girvan 25 years old, North British 21 years old and Strathclyde years old. A portfolio of aged whiskies that Fred Laing, managing director at the family firm, says he has “been saving for a grainy day”.
Bottled at high alcohol strength, ranging from 50.9% to 61.3% ABV, each bottling is from only one cask and is without colouring or chill filtration, in line with the Douglas Laing philosophy of bottling whisky “as natural as it gets”. Though this mantra goes somewhat “against the grain”, the firm believes that this allows the naturally present oils, fats and enzymes in the spirit to make their own special contribution to its nose, mouthfeel, palate and finish.
Fred Laing says: “Over the last five to six years we have softly promoted, and gently educated the ‘malt community’ with the surprise quality of old grain Scotch whiskies, and we have been rewarded with sustained growth. Douglas Laing & Co believes the time is now right to give this long under-rated sector far greater kudos. So within our Old Particular single cask flagship brand, we will now release selected antique stocks of different grain Scotch whiskies in a lively new livery which both differentiates it from the malts and also retains the character and specialised gravitas of the brand.”
Old Particular grain will be available to purchase from specialist whisky stores from August 2015.
17 August 2015 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor