Whisky Focus - Douglas Laing Donates £10,000 To The RAF Benevolent Fund

Douglas Laing Donates £10,000 To The RAF Benevolent Fund

16th August 2019
Douglas Laing present cheque for £10,000 to the RAF Benevolent Fund, the generous donation came from sales of a special Big Peat ‘The RAF Edition’.

Douglas Laing donates £10,000 from the sale of a Big Peat limited edition to the RAF Benevolent Fund

Glasgow based independent whisky bottling and soon to be producer Douglas Laing continued its generous support of the RAF Benevolent Fund by handing over a cheque for £10,000 at the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde Air Squadron last week.

You may recall that earlier this year, Douglas Laing launched a limited bottling in aid of the Fund, which marks its centenary in 2019. Big Peat ‘The RAF Edition’ shows Big Peat in the original RAF attire, wearing his leather flying helmet, shearling jacket with commemorative pin badge, and a flowing white silk scarf. A Sopwith Camel carries a banner denoting 1919-2019, the commemorative years of the charity. With an apt 1919 bottles produced, Douglas Laing has donated £5 for every bottle sold to the RAF Benevolent Fund.

Chris Leggat, CEO at Douglas Laing hads over a cheque for £10,000 to  Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Chief Executive of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

On receiving the cheque Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Chief Executive of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, said: "I would like to thank the team at Douglas Laing & Co for supporting the RAF Benevolent Fund in what is a very important year for the charity. As we mark our centenary, we were delighted to join the Big Peat family in what is their tenth year.

"It is through the generous support of individuals and companies like this which means the Fund has been able to stand side by side with the Royal Air Force and its people for 100 years, offering support when they need it most."

Big Peat, also celebrating an anniversary this year (‘his’ 10th) which Douglas Laing marked with the release of Big Peat 10 Year Old commemorative bottling. Big Peat is a marriage of single malts only from Islay, Scotland. Since its launch in 2009, the whisky has collected several industry awards, including the ‘Master’ ultimate accolade from the Asian Spirits Masters in 2018.

Chris Leggat, CEO at Douglas Laing & Co, added: "In the year that our friends at the RAF Benevolent Fund celebrate a landmark 100 years, our much-loved Big Peat Islay Malt Scotch Whisky also celebrates a milestone, “his” first decade of Whisky adventures!

"The RAF Benevolent Fund has long been a cause close to the hearts of the Douglas Laing family, as our founder, Fred Douglas Laing, flew with the RAF throughout World War Two. To mark 100 years of the RAF Benevolent Fund, and Big Peat’s 10th Birthday, we were delighted to collaborate on this unique, charitable release."

I believe that the Big Peat RAF Benevolent bottling is long sold out  but you can still find some of the Big Peat 10 Year Old commemorative bottling available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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