Whisky Focus - Douglas Laing Acquires Strathearn Distillery

Douglas Laing Acquires Strathearn Distillery

24th October 2019
Douglas Laing announces the acquisition of the Strathearn Distillery in Perthshire.

Douglas Laing Acquires Strathearn Distillery

Douglas Laing, the family owned and run Glasgow based Scotch whisky firm announced today that they have taken ownership of one of Scotland's smallest distillery's, the Strathearn Distillery located just west of Methven near Perth.

Established in 1948, Douglas Laing is well known amongst whisky enthusiasts as a leading blender and bottler of small batch, hand-crafted Single Cask and Blended Malt Scotch Whiskies. The Strathearn acquisition marks the first Distillery in the Douglas Laing portfolio, whilst plans for the firm’s recently-announced Clutha Distillery on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow continue to progress.

The Highland region and Perthshire-based Strathearn Distillery, which is just as well known for its gin and rum brands as it is for its single malt whisky, began production in 2013, with a 30,000 litre annual output capacity it quickly established itself as a pioneer of the "craft distilling" scene. The multi-functional site encompasses distillation, warehousing and bottling, with "hand-crafted" values at the heart of its ethos.

Cara Laing, Keeper of the Quaich and Director of Whisky in her family’s business, comments: "Today marks a proud and historic landmark for Douglas Laing. For its first seven decades in the wonderful world of Whisky, our family firm has been renowned amongst the finest independent bottlers, celebrated for our Remarkable Regional Malts and Exceptional Single Casks brands. 2019, our 71st year in business, is the year we take a monumental leap, adding ‘distiller’ to our credentials and beginning a new chapter in our journey.

"A distillery very much in its infancy, Strathearn affords us the opportunity to create an extraordinary brand home for our family business and a global Single Malt brand steeped in our family firm’s history, heritage and passion."

Chris Leggat, CEO, remarks; "Strathearn is a wonderful addition to our portfolio. The Distillery’s handcrafted and premium approach to Single Malt Scotch Whisky production is entirely aligned with our own values, with no attention to detail spared.

"The acquisition comes at a time when Douglas Laing & Co is truly thriving. We are particularly proud to report double digit growth for a 5th consecutive year, plus 9 new recruits to our team and several new markets opened recently for our core brands. Douglas Laing’s Strathearn Distillery allows us opportunity to now invest further in our team, whilst becoming masters of our own destiny in terms of Scotch Whisky distillation."

The existing gin and rum brands from Strathearn will continue to be available with ownership moving to a newly established company, The Whisky Garden Ltd.

Due to its small output and with the distillery now only in its sixth year of production Strathearn single malt whisky has not been easy to get hold of but on occasion you can find some Strathearn single malt whisky as well as gin and rum available to buy over at specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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