Whisky Focus - Old Particular Consortium of Cards Collection Laphroaig 18 Year Old

Douglas Laing Old Particular Consortium of Cards Collection


8th February 2017

Douglas Laing launches the Old Particular Consortium of Cards Collection with the Laphroaig 18 Year Old Queen of the Hebrides.

Old Particular Consortium of Cards Collection Laphroaig 18 Year Old Queen of the HebridesThe folks in the marketing department at independent Glasgow based whisky bottlers have been busy once again coming up with something to attract our hard earned whisky pounds, the company today unveiled the first limited edition series within their Old Particular single cask range, the Old Particular Consortium of Cards Collection.

The Old Particular Consortium of Cards Collection is themed around a deck of playing cards, four releases are planned for this year, and the series launches today with the "Queen of the Hebrides", an Old Particular Laphroaig 18 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt whisky which was distilled in December 1998, matured in a single refill butt and bottled at the standard Old Particular strength of 50% ABV. A limited release of 665 bottles are available, with each bottle label adorned or should I say decked with a specially commissioned "Queen of the Hebrides" Queen of Clubs illustration. The Laphroaig 18 Year Old Queen of the Hebrides was bottled this month, February 2017.

As always Douglas Laing's tasting note for the new whisky is short, descriptive, totally unpretentious and straight to the point, just as I like it, they describe the Laphroaig 18 Year Old Queen of the Hebrides as having "rich peated barley on the nose with a tarry, ashy palate and a finish full of chimney soot".

So will the complete Old Particular Consortium of Cards Collection contain 52 bottles plus a couple of Jokers, maybe, time will tell, but for the time being Douglas Laing tell me that we will see a "full house" of single cask releases this quarter, comprised of 15 single cask malts and 5 single cask grains.

The quintet of single grain bottlings includes a Cameronbridge 25 Year Old, which they describe as "bread and butter pudding, exotic spices and juicy red apples”. The Consortium of Cards Collection will contain bottlings from Speyside, the Highlands and Islay, among them, an Old Particular Glen Grant 21 Year Old that they say promises "cinnamon apple pie, vanilla cream and spicy oak", and a Bruichladdich 11 Year Old from a Sherry Hogshead which they say boasts a "big PX Sherry hit".

I have to say this is another very clever piece of marketing from the folks at Douglas Laing and I am sure the new Consortium of Cards Collection will be very attractive to the completionist collectors amongst you who should start clearing a a large space in your whisky cabinets if indeed it is going to be 52 bottles and a couple of Jokers.

You will find the Old Particular bottlings, including the "Queen of the Hebrides" special limited edition available from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt
 

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