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The Gauldrons Campbeltown Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

10th October 2017
With Halloween approaching Douglas Laing unveil a dark eerie new addition to their Regional Malt range, The Gauldrons Campbeltown Blended Malt whisky.

Douglas Laing The Gauldrons Campbeltown Blended Malt Scotch WhiskyDouglas Laing today unveiled The Gauldrons Campbeltown Blended Malt, the latest addition to their Remarkable Regional Malt range of blended malt whiskies which now boasts a blended malt representing all six of Scotland's whisky regions.

The Campbeltown whisky region, which The Gauldrons represents, lies towards the end of the Mull of Kintyre peninsula on the West Coast of Scotland, the region was once Scotland's whisky capitol and a significant source of Scotch whisky with over 30 distilleries producing whisky. Today there are only three distilleries producing whisky in the Campbeltown region, Glengyle, Glen Scotia and Springbank which between them produce Springbank, Longrow, Hazelburn, Glen Scotia and Kilkerran single malt whiskies so you could assume that the new Gauldrons Blended Malt is a blend of just five Campbeltown single malts at the very most.

As always the folks at Douglas Laing have come up with a creative name for the new whisky which links it to the region it represents. The Gauldrons name has been inspired by the eponymous dark sandy coves on Campbeltown's west shores and literally means "bay of storms", perhaps a hint to the new whiskies character. It was here King Robert the Bruce, having been defeated by his enemies, was encouraged, whilst watching a spider building his web with great patience but great difficulty, to try, try and try again. It is this ancient legend which is reflected in The Gauldrons packaging which features an intricate spider illustration.

As we have come to expect from Douglas Laing, The Gauldrons is bottled without colouring or chill filtration. Produced in small batches and bottled at 46.2% ABV, each batch will be numbered to allow whisky drinkers to compare the the blended malt from Scotland's smallest region over the coming years.

Fred Laing, Douglas Laing Managing Director, commented on the new whisky,saying: "We are delighted to add to our Remarkable Regional Malt family with this Campbeltown member - particularly as this region was once Scotland's Whisky Capital. The Gauldrons has seen us carefully marry together some of our best, and indeed rarest, casks of Campbeltown Single Malt. The resulting spirit is a unique combination of salt and sweet - the archetypal maritime tang balanced perfectly by a sugary, cereal character".

Presented in a black bottle and gold foiled presentation tube with an RRP of 50, The Gauldrons will be available from October from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt

The Gauldrons Blended Malt Review

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A dry saltiness with sweet cereal and a late hint of gentle peat smoke

Taste: Initially dry (beachy and maritime) warming to crunched sugar, barley and oak.

Finish: The warmingly spiced finish brings puffs of smoke and rock pools with a dark sugar sweetness.


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