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Douglas Laing Rock Island Tequila Edition

1st July 2024
Douglas Laing has unveiled its latest limited edition Rock Island Blended Malt Scotch whisky, the Rock Island Tequila Edition, a blend of single malts whiskies from the Scottish islands of Arran, Islay, Jura, and Orkney which has been finished in Tequila casks.

Douglas Laing Rock Island Tequila EditionDouglas Laing, the Glasgow-based independent Scotch Whisky Blender, Bottler, and Distiller, has unveiled their latest limited edition: a Rock Island Blended Malt Scotch Whisky which has been finished in Tequila Casks. Previous limited editions of Rock Island Blended Malt have been immensely popular, and this edition is expected to be no different.

The Rock Island Tequila Cask edition is exclusively finished in ex-Tequila Casks, blending the cultures and flavours of Scotland and Mexico to create a unique Rock Island Blended Malt. Douglas Laing tells me that the single malts in Rock Island, sourced from the renowned whisky islands of Arran, Islay, Jura, and Orkney, have been finished in high-quality Tequila casks. This finishing process is said to have imparted flavours of crème brûlée, brown sugar, and toasted oak, with a touch of peat, complemented by the citrus and freshness from the Tequila Cask.

The Rock Island Tequila Cask Edition is presented in a bottle-only format, featuring a hand-drawn, premium design sleeve. The design showcases elements of Mexican heritage and culture through its iconography and colours, seamlessly integrated with the premium Rock Island branding.

This Global Limited Edition is bottled at 48% ABV and offered without colouring or chill-filtration, adhering to the Douglas Laing family’s philosophy of bottling whisky "As natural as it gets."

Chloe Wood, Rock Island' Brand Manager commented: "Rock Island is a brand we’re extremely proud of here at Douglas Laing. It allows four of some of the most iconic Whisky-producing Islands around the world, to be brought together to create a truly unique Blended Malt Scotch Whisky. As ever, cask-exploration remains an important element of our business at Douglas Laing and this Tequila Cask Edition of Rock Island is no exception. Bringing elements of Scotland and Mexico together provides such an interesting release of Rock Island that we are looking forward to sharing with Rock Island and Douglas Laing fans around the world!"

The Rock Island Tequila Cask Edition has a RRP of £65 and you will find it available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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