Douglas Laing Have Just Released Three New Exclusives for This Chinese Lunar New Year. . To celebrate the new Chinese Lunar New Year (the Year of the Pig), Douglas Laing & Co. has released three new single cask bottlings exclusively in Asia. The three new exclusive releases were distilled in the previous Years of Pig, which are from Craigellachie, Bunnahabhain and Glengoyne. They are Craigellachie at 23-year-old and the Bunnahabhain and Glengoyne at 11-year-olds. --- The 23-year-old Craigellachie was distilled in 1995, produced with only 640 bottles, bottled at a cask strength of 52.3% ABV. . Craigellachie wasn't very well-known as a single malt since the majority of their whisky was used in blends until 2014 when Craigellachie was finally relaunched as a single malt brand. --- The 11-year-old Bunnahabhain was distilled in 2007, produced with only 305 bottles, bottled at a cask strength of 54.4% ABV. . Bunnahabhain (Boo-na-Haven) distillery was founded in 1881, the distillery name was derived from the Gaelic for "mouth of the river". --- The 11-year-old Glengoyne was distilled in 2007, produced with only 316 bottles, bottled at a cask strength of 52.5% ABV. . Glengoyne distillery was founded in 1833, it was considered as a whisky for blends until the early 1990s when it was marketed as unpeated malt. Interestingly, the distillery was located in Highland but its warehouse, which was just across the road, was in Lowland. The distillery was refocused as a single malt brand since 2003. --- Both 11-years-old editions were bottled under Douglas Laing's Old Particular range and The 23-year-old Craigellachie was bottled under the XOP (Xtra Old Particular) range. All three bottles feature a golden pig design and come in wooden gift boxes with hand-signed certificate and a New Year's message from Douglas Laing's chairman, Fred Laing and director of whisky, Cara Laing (Fred's daughter). . These three editions are only available in Asia, a box of all three expressions is available as a set in Taiwan for around £510 each, the individual of 23-year-old Craigellachie XOP will be available in Hong Kong and China. --- #DouglasLaing #ChineseLunarNewYear #theYearofthePig #Craigellachi #Bunnahabhain #Glengoyne #XOP #OldParticular ... See MoreSee Less
Another Craigellachie Flora & Fauna added to the Fah Mai Holdings Rare Whisky Collection
Pronounced "Craig-ella-key" the distillery is located in Aberlour, Banffshire in the Speyside whisky region of Scotland. The name Craigellachie means 'rocky hill' and refers to the cliff that overlooks the Spey across from The Macallan distillery.
Craigellachie was founded in 1890 by Sir Peter Mackie and Alexander Edward. In 1900, Edward sold his share to Mackie who later sold the distillery to DCL 27 years later. In 1998 Craigellachie along with Aberfeldy, Aultmore and Royal Brackla were sold to John Dewar & Sons, which is still the current owner of Craigellachie today.
Craigellachie wasn't very well-known as a single malt since the majority of their whisky was used in blends, Craigellachie Flora and Fauna 14-year-old was the only original single malt until 2014 when Craigellachie was finally relaunched as a single malt brand by the current owner, John Dewar & Sons.
The Flora and Fauna collection was originally started in 1991 and at the time contained 22 different whiskies, in 1998 a further 9 whiskies were released, at cask strength, followed by a further 4 whiskies in 2001. In total 35 whiskies have been released as part of The Flora and Fauna collection, some of them were discontinued by the change of ownership, which made them more valuable.
This rare bottling of Craigellachie comes from the Flora & Fauna series, which has since been discontinued. Aged for 14 years this release was bottled at 45%.
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Suntory Release World Whisky Range to Promote Transparency of "Real Japanese Whisky".
Suntory have just released "Ao" (meaning "blue" in Japanese), a blended whisky from Suntory owned distilleries including Bowmore, Tyrconnell, Laphroaig, Auchentoshan, Kilbeggan, Cooley, Yamazaki, and Hakushu that cover five different countries. This is their first whisky produced under the term World Whisky, a term that was created to promote 100% transparency in Japanese whisky. Some companies selling blends promoted as Japanese whisky, contain only a small amount of actual Japanese whiskies. This act isn't against the Japanese law though, as no official rules exist to specify what can be classed as Japanese whisky. The demand for Japanese whisky has sharply increased for the last few years and some companies trying to take advantage of this loophole have been marketing their product in a very misleading way, often passing off imported Scottish whisky as Japanese. Suntory are aiming to challenge this practice by making the consumers more aware of what they are buying.
This edition was bottled at 43% ABV. Suntory Ao will be first launched in Japan for JP¥5,000 each (£36).
Douglas Laing Release Two New Limited Edition Whiskies . New offerings from Douglas Laing, Big Peat Platinum 26-Year-Old and Xtra Old Particular Platinum Port Ellen 1982 Vintage were released in December of 2018. --- Big Peat was launched in 2009 by Douglas Laing as a blended malt whisky brand from Islay containing spirits from Islay's big names which are Ardbeg, Caol Ila, Bowmore and, Port Ellen. Big Peat was the winner of World Whisky Awards 2010 in Best Scotch Blended malt whisky category. . Big Peat Platinum 26-Year-Old was bottled at cask strength with no colouring or chill-filtration at 51.5% ABV with only 3,000 bottles produced for 175 £each. --- XOP Platinum is a special range from Douglas Laing, this range always consists of very rare whiskies from a single cask which bottled at cask strength. . Port Ellen has become one of the most sought-after whiskies in the world since its closure in 1983. The distillery located on the island of Islay on the west coast of Scotland was originally established as a malt mill in 1825 and started to distil whisky in 1833. Even though the production of whisky was halted in 1983 the malt mill remained operational and still to this day supplies the remaining Islay distilleries with their malts. The remaining warehouse and increasingly rare supply of whisky produced by Port Ellen are now owned by Diageo and as part of their Annual Releases. However, Diageo have planned to reopen the Port Ellen distillery this year. . Xtra Old Particular Platinum Port Ellen 1982 Vintage was aged for 36 years, it was distilled right before the distillery was out of business which made this edition became very special for any collector. The Port Ellen 1982 was bottled at cask strength with no colouring or chill-filtration at 54.5% ABV with only 273 bottles were produced. This single malt has a price tag of £1,950. --- Both editions were released in December 2018, but unfortunately, they are not available in the U.S. . #XOP #PortEllen #LimitedEdition #DouglasLaing #BigPeat #singlemalt #scotch #whisky #scotchwhisky #singlecask #caskstrength #blended ... See MoreSee Less
Benrinnes 15-Year-Old Flora and Fauna is now part of Fah Mai Holdings Rare Whisky Collection . The Benrinnes distillery has had a lot of ups and downs throughout its lifetime. The distillery was first founded in 1826 at Whitehouse Farm in Arberlour by Peter MacKenzie but lasted for only three years before being destroyed by a flood. In that same year, the new Benrinnes distillery was built by John Innes just a few miles away. The new owner woefully went bankrupt just five years after completing construction and the distillery was bought by William Smith & Co. Unfortunately, again, William Smith & Co would also go bankrupt in 1864, 30 years later. The distillery was then sold to David Edward who operated it for another 30 years. However, the distillery's bad luck wasn't over and it suffered a serious fire break in 1896. Followed a refurbishment in 1922, John Dewar & Sons bought Benrinnes, Dewar then became part of DCL in 1925 which is still the current owner of the distillery today. . Between 1974 and 2007, Benrinnes performed a partial triple distillation process which gave more purified alcohol resulting in a cleaner, crispier taste and lighter colour, making the whisky from that time became more valuable. . The Flora and Fauna collection was originally started in 1991 and at the time contained 22 different whiskies, in 1998 a further 9 whiskies were released, at cask strength, followed by a further 4 whiskies in 2001. In total 35 whiskies have been released as part of The Flora and Fauna collection. . This limited edition expression was bottled with 43% ABV. . #Benrinnes #FloraandFauna #LimitedEdition #SingleMalt #Speyside ... See MoreSee Less
Limited Edition Timorous Beastie 12-Year-Old from Douglas Laing . Douglas Laing, the family-owned Glasgow-based independent bottler has released a new limited edition, cask strength whisky in celebration of Burn's Night, the 25th January. . Burn's Night was first held in July 1801 by a group of Robert Burns' close friends who wanted to mark the fifth anniversary of their friend’s demise. The first supper was held in Burns' cottage located in Alloway with haggis, Scotland's famous sheep's pluck pudding as a main feature followed by performances of Burns’ works and speeches. The supper left them with such good memories that they decided to hold it every year on Burns' birthday, establishing Scotland's 200 years old tradition. . The eldest child of a poor family, Burns was born on 25 January 1759 in Ayrshire. Thanks to his father's dedication towards the education of his children, Robert Burns poetry talent grew. 27 years old Burns made a huge impression on Edinburgh's literary elite with the publication of his first collection of poetry, "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect", this masterpiece lifted Burns' social status into a celebrity. Robert Burns passed away at 37 through the illness but lives on as a Scottish cultural icon. . Douglas Laing was founded in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing, the grandfather of the new third generation that is still running the company today. . This special edition complements the NAS Timorous Beastie Highland Malt and the 10 Years Old small batch releases that make up the Timorous' core range. Only 3,000 bottles of the Timorous 12-Year-Old have been produced. Without colouring or chill-filtration and bottled at 54.4% ABV. The whisky comes in a premium gift tube with monochromatic colourways and foil detail. . Timorous 12-Year-Old from Douglas Laing is now available from specialist spirits retailers across Europe and Asia for around £59.99. . #TimorousBeastie #DouglasLaing #LimitedEdition #SingleMalt #Speyside #Scotch #ScotchWhisky ... See MoreSee Less
Aultmore 12-Year-Old Flora and Fauna is now part of Fah Mai Holdings Rare Whisky Collection
The Flora and Fauna collection was originally started in 1991 and at the time contained 22 different whiskies, in 1998 a further 9 whiskies were released, at cask strength, followed by a further 4 whiskies in 2001. In total 35 whiskies have been released as part of The Flora and Fauna collection.
Aultmore distillery is located in Speyside, the distillery was founded in 1896 by Alexander Edward then sold to John Dewar & Sons in 1923 for £20,000. The majority of Aultmore's product was whisky for blending, however, the popularity of Aultmore's single malt which used to be very hard to find made the distillery decided to officially release their single malt range in 2004.
This limited edition bottle was bottled with 43% ABV.
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