Whisky Focus - Douglas Laing Clutha Distillery To Open Autumn 2019

Douglas Laing Clutha Distillery To Open Autumn 2019

29th August 2018
Douglas Laing's new Glasgow distillery on the banks of the River Clyde has been named the Clutha Distillery and is set to produce a sherried single malt.

Clutha Distillery Glasgow on the banks of the River Clyde - Artists Impression.

Douglas Laing this week unveiled that its new Glasgow distillery project in the heart of the city, on the banks of the River Clyde, will be named the ‘Clutha Distillery’.

The name ‘Clutha’, meaning Clyde in Gaelic, reflects both the company’s heritage and the location of the new Distillery which if everything runs smoothly with planning and construction is scheduled to open in the Autumn of 2019.

Douglas Laing & Co was founded in the city of Glasgow back in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing and has remained firmly based in the city to this day, now a third generation independent Scotch whisky specialist family firm the construction of a new distillery seems a natural progression for the family run business given their knowledge and experience of Scotch whisky and the whisky business.

The company’s founder, Fred Douglas Laing grew up overlooking the Clyde, and was immersed in its shipping through the 1920s and 30s, before establishing his Whisky business on the Broomielaw so it is rather appropriate that the Clutha Distillery will be located in the same area.

Clutha Distillery Glasgow logo.Although Clutha will technically be a Lowland distillery, Douglas Laing have indicated that it will not be a typical Lowland style whisky which the distillery will be producing, with their 70 years experience behind them the Glasgow firm will certainly know the Scotch whisky market and what style of whisky it is whisky enthusiasts desire and with that in mind Douglas Laing tell me that Clutha will be:

" a specialist, high end Single Malt with a heavy Sherry influence through its maturation in ex Sherry casks. Beautifully crafted without colouring or chill-filtration, Clutha Malt will differ from traditional Lowland styles offering a thick, mouth-coating Whisky that is sure to impress."

The £10.7 million project which will see the creation of the new Distillery and bottling complex in conjunction with the corporate head office, visitor centre, Whisky archive and bar/bistro. On top of the construction jobs the project will create, once up and running the new Clutha Distillery is set to generate 41 new jobs with the Douglas Laing workforce set to almost treble from 24 to 65.

Cara Laing, third generation member of the Laing whisky family and Director of Whisky for the company, commented: "We have long held this ambition for Douglas Laing to operate its own Distillery and bottling operation in Glasgow. Not only will it bring Whisky distilling back to the South Side of the city, it will create welcome jobs, generate significant additional high-value exports."

The new venture will enable the firm to focus on developing its highly successful global export trade - the company already sells to 50-plus countries worldwide.

The new distillery will allow further and deeper growth into existing markets including North America, Europe and Asia Pacific markets, in particular China, plus the UK domestic market.

I am guessing it will be more than a few years yet before you will be able to sample a big sherried Clutha Single Malt Whisky so meanwhile I am sure Douglas Laing will have something of interest to satisfy your taste buds, you will find the current Douglas Laing whisky range of single malts and creative blended malts available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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