Whisky Focus - Douglas Laing Kicks Off 70th Anniversary With XOP Ardbeg 1992 25 YO

Douglas Laing Kicks Off 70th Anniversary With Ardbeg 25 YO

27th March 2018
Douglas Laing kicks off 70th Platinum Anniversary year with the release of XOP Ardbeg 1992 vintage 25 Year old Single Cask Single Malt.

XOP Platinum Ardbeg 1992 vintage 25 Year old Single Cask Single Malt

Glasgow based independent whisky bottler and soon to be distillery owner Douglas Laing was established back in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing and 70 years on the company are kicking off their Platinum Anniversary year in the whisky business by releasing XOP Platinum - a limited edition series within their Xtra Old Particular range as well as a commemorative Old Particular double bottle pack.

Today, Douglas Laing is regarded as an innovative independent spirit business, still owned and run by the Laing family, with 2nd generation Fred Jnr and 3rd generation, Fred's daughter Cara at the reigns. They tell me that 2018 will see a number of exciting initiatives to commemorate their anniversary but they are kick starting proceedings with the launch of four XOP Platinum Single Casks and an Old Particular double pack carrying two very different 35 Years Old Whiskies.

Fred and Cara have selected four whiskies for the XOP Platinum for release through 2018, the first bottling will be an Ardbeg 1992 vintage 25 Year old Single Cask Single Malt which has been bottled at natural cask strength of 50.5% ABV, without colouring or chill-filtration. A limited release of 251 bottles, it will be presented in special packaging which has been chosen to reflect both the rarity and age of the Ardbeg spirit, whilst each and every label is hand signed and individually numbered by Fred and Cara.

The special commemorative Old Particular double bottle pack release contains a Single Cask bottling each of Cambus 35 Year Old Single Grain and a Caol Ila 35 Year Old Single Malt. Only 284 of these packs have been produced with each and every gift box similarly being hand signed and individually numbered by Fred and Cara.

Cara Laing, Director of Whisky, comments: "2018 is a big year for us all at Douglas Laing. We’ll have fun celebrating it - something my grandfather would heartily have approved of - but it’s also a huge milestone highlighting our 7 decades at the forefront of the Whisky industry. These bottlings are a perfect representation of Douglas Laing’s commitment to specialist, artisan Scotch Whiskies and we are releasing them at the point where we believe they are at their peak. The Ardbeg is an outstanding example of what is to come, and one I immediately knew had to be part of this special series of bottlings while the Caol Ila and Cambus 35 Years Old deliver 7 decades of Whisky excellence!"

The XOP Platinum series will be released globally throughout this year. The Ardbeg 1992 25 Year Old (70cl bottle) will be the first to be launched from April with an RRP of £900.00.

The Old Particular double pack (2 x 50cl bottles) will be released globally from April with an RRP of £450.00.

You will find the Douglas Laing Platinum anniversary bottlings as well as their current whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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