Whisky Focus - Douglas Laing Ends Year With Two Big Awards & Two Special Bottlings

Douglas Laing - Two Big Awards & Two Special Bottlings

16th December 2020
Douglas Laing ends the year with two big awards from the Spirits Business Awards and releases two special bottlings - the Douglas Laing XOP Black Glenrothes 1989 Single Cask and XOP Black Series Teaninich 1974 45 Year Old Single Cask.

Fred Laing, chairman of indepnent bottler Douglas Laing receives Lifetime Achivemant Award 2020 from the Spirit Business Awards.

Fred Laing, Chairman of Glasgow based independent bottler Douglas Laing, has  been presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Spirits Business Awards 2020 and the creative family run whisky firm which he chairs has won the Bottler of the Year award.

These revered accolades are the result of the firm’s impressive year-on-year double digit growth, flair for innovation and continued enthusiasm to drive this family-owned and run business via Distillery capital expenditure projects and its new bottling facility.

Douglas Laing XOP Black Glenrothes 1989 Single CaskWith a philosophy to release Whisky "as natural as it gets", it’s unsurprising Douglas Laing & Co have chosen to round off 2020 with two exceptional XOP Black Single Cask bottlings. The first of these is a “Sherry bomb” distilled at the Glenrothes Distillery in Speyside. Said to be "as dark as Coca-Cola", this 1989 Vintage has spent its life maturing in a single Sherry butt. The second release is an XOP Black Single Cask bottling from Teaninich Distillery. Distilled in 1975, this 45 Years Old Single Malt bursts with "notes of buttery oat biscuits, waxy oranges and honeyed barley".

Commenting on 2020, Douglas Laing’s Chairman, Fred Laing indicated:

"2020 is certainly one we’ll remember for its Covid-related ups and downs. From a strictly business perspective, these recent awards and accolades coupled with some special bottlings are a very positive way to close off what has been an exciting year for the company. We have faced challenges but on the whole it has been a good year at Douglas Laing as we continue to see growth across our core brands, investment in increased capacity at Strathearn Distillery and significant progress with our Glasgow-based distillery, bottling and head office project. Now we look forward to 2021 and what that will bring."

The Douglas Laing XOP Black Glenrothes 1989 Single Cask and XOP Black Series Teaninich 1974 45 Year Old Single Cask will be available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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