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HUNTER LAING TO BUILD ISLAY DISTILLERY
January 2016
Independent whisky bottler Hunter Laing & Co has revealed plans to build an £8 million malt whisky distillery on Islay.

The Hunter Laing distillery will be situated on the coast of Ardnahoe.
Designed to produce liquid that ‘appeals to the Islay whisky lover’, the distillery will be situated in Ardnahoe on the north east coast of the island.

A request for planning permission has been submitted to Argyll and Bute Council to develop the project on a greenfield site currently owned by Islay Estates. Should planning permission be approved, the land will be transferred to Hunter Laing.

The distillery will be Islay's first new build in a decade, following the opening of Kilchoman in 2005.

The company, which bottles brands including Old & Rare and Hepburn’s Choice, said its decision to build a distillery on Islay was influenced by the surge in demand for single malts from the island in recent years.

Stewart Laing, managing director of Hunter Laing, said: ‘While the established distilleries on the island have been increasing production, there is obvious room for yet further expansion in output as discerning drinkers the world over are charmed by the rich, smoke-filled flavours that have become such an integral part of the island’s style of whisky.

‘The new facility is being designed to create a particular style of spirit that we know from our experience of selling whisky in 65 countries around the world will appeal to the Islay whisky lover.’

Since creating the company in May 2013, Hunter Laing & Co has been searching for an ideal site to build its own distillery.

Pending approvals, work is expected to start on the build in May 2016, with the distillery due to start production by the end of 2017 when distilling operations, warehousing and a visitors’ centre complete with café, shop and tasting room will also be established.

A second building phase will follow to expand distilling operations and build further warehousing on the site.

Andrew Laing, director, said: ‘We have shown formidable growth in the last two years and the time is now right for us to invest for the future. While this is our family’s first foray into distilling, my father’s 50-year record of blending quality products of high demand and our three generations of expertise in the whisky industry ensures we enter this venture with strong confidence.’

Lord Margadale, chairman of Islay Estates which owns around 55,000 acres of the island of Islay, said the project would ‘contribute considerably’ to Islay’s economy through the provision of jobs and demand for Islay barley.

‘Islay is a beautiful, tranquil and fertile island that is famed for its distinctive whisky; this is an exciting opportunity to build on this reputation and to help secure a strong economic future for the Island,’ he said.

ISLAY’S ARDNAHOE DISTILLERY GETS GREEN LIGHT
September 2016
Hunter Laing & Co has been given the go-ahead to build Ardnahoe, the ninth whisky distillery on Islay.

Ardnahoe will join Islay's eight existing distilleries in 2018
Following approval from Argyll and Bute Council, work will begin on building the £8m distillery and visitor centre in November, with Ardnahoe’s first spirit expected in early 2018.

The distillery, which will be situated on four acres of land on Islay’s north-east coast near Port Askaig, will be capable of producing 500,000 litres of spirit in a typical Islay style, although only 200,000 litres will be produced in its first year.

Ardnahoe will be the first distillery owned by independent bottler Hunter Laing & Co., which owns brands such as Old Malt Cask, Old & Rare and Hepburn’s Choice.

Andrew Laing, director of Hunter Laing & Co, said: ‘Since starting our company we’ve seen a huge demand for Islay whisky around the world, and now is the perfect time to make the progression from blenders and bottlers to distillers, and secure our own supply of Islay single malt.’

The Edinburgh-based company has been searching for a site for its first distillery since its founding in 2013, and announced its intentions to build Ardnahoe in January this year.

Scott Laing, also a director at Hunter Laing & Co, said Islay was the obvious choice, not only because the group has experienced increased demand for its malts from the Hebridean island, but because his and Andrew’s father and Hunter Laing managing director, Stewart Laing, had once spent time on the island at Bruichladdich distillery.

‘He has always had a natural affinity with the island and we’re all fans of the peaty style of whisky it is renowned for,’ Scott Laing said.

Ardnahoe will be the first distillery built on Islay since Kilchoman in 2005.

JIM MCEWAN REVEALS ARDNAHOE DISTILLERY PLANS
November 2017
Islay’s ninth distillery is on track to be open to visitors by the time the Islay Festival rolls around in May 2018.

Today Ardnahoe distillery’s stills began their journey from Speyside Copperworks in Moray across to Islay’s northeastern coast where they will be installed in a stillhouse overlooking the Sound of Islay and the Paps of Jura.

It’s a big moment for Ardnahoe owner Hunter Laing & Co., and production director Jim McEwan, the former Bruichladdich master distiller who came out of retirement to oversee the distillery build.

Scotchwhisky.com caught up with McEwan at the Ardnahoe site during last year’s Islay Festival.

Here he reveals plans for Islay’s first worm tubs, Ardnahoe’s signature style plus the (eventual) release of a single malt called the Ardnahoe Whisper.

ARDNAHOE WHISKY DISTILLERY OPENS ON ISLAY
April 2019
Ardnahoe distillery has officially opened on Islay as the Hebridean island’s ninth whisky producer, and the first to feature worm tubs.


Ardnahoe distillery has now officially opened to visitors
The £14 million distillery and visitor centre, owned by independent bottler Hunter Laing, is the first to be built on the Scottish island since 2005.

Situated on Islay’s north east coast, close to Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila distilleries and with panoramic views across the Sound of Islay to Jura, Ardnahoe is expected to attract 20,000 visitors each year.

Although the distillery began producing spirit in October 2018, and filled its first cask on 9 November, it officially opens today (12 April), with special guests from across the island and Hunter Laing business expected to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Ardnahoe was first granted planning permission in September 2016, with work starting on the site in the same year.

It has created 25 full and part-time jobs across the distillery and visitor centre.

The family-owned company, led by Stewart Laing and his sons Andrew and Scott, selected Islay as the location for its first whisky distillery due to Stewart’s family connections to the island, as well as the growing demand for Islay whisky.

Stewart said: ‘Since working as a teenager at Bruichladdich distillery over 50 years ago, I have had a huge affinity with Islay and its malt whiskies.

‘When we decided to build our own distillery, there was only one possible location

With two copper pot stills – which feature the longest lyne arms in Scotland – and four wooden washbacks, Ardnahoe is set up to produce a fruity, creamy and heavily peated spirit, which will mature in a combination of first-fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks.

The spirit was created in partnership with ex-Bruichladdich master distiller Jim McEwan, who has since transitioned into an ambassadorial role with the distillery.

Hunter Laing export director Andrew Laing described Ardnahoe’s style as ‘a new take on a classical Islay whisky’.

He said: ‘In a few years, if a lover of Islay whisky wants to try something new, then they can try something that’s been distilled very slowly through worm tub condensers.

‘As Jim McEwan was our master distiller we’d expect it to have some DNA of whisky he’s created in the past, but we expect it to be unique to us.’

Ardnahoe is the only Islay distillery to use worm tub condensers

While the core spirit will be made using malted barley peated to 40ppm, the distillery will also start production of an unpeated spirit later this year.

The whisky will need to mature for at least three years before it can be bottled, although Andrew Laing said the distillery’s first release won’t be rushed onto shelves.

‘We’re quite fortunate in terms of our business plan that we don’t need to release a whisky at any particular point,’ he said.

‘We’re going to be completely led by the quality but we believe that because we’re producing the spirit very carefully and putting it into good casks, it won’t be an inordinate length of time.’

In the meantime, the distillery offers visitors a range of tours, café facilities and bar, as well as a shop featuring a large range of Hunter Laing whiskies and a ‘fill-your-own’ station.

ARDNAHOE WHISKY DISTILLERY OPENS ON ISLAY
April 2019
Ardnahoe distillery has officially opened on Islay as the Hebridean island’s ninth whisky producer, and the first to feature worm tubs.

Islay newcomer: Ardnahoe distillery has now officially opened to visitors
The £14 million distillery and visitor centre, owned by independent bottler Hunter Laing, is the first to be built on the Scottish island since 2005.

Situated on Islay’s north east coast, close to Bunnahabhain and Caol Ila distilleries and with panoramic views across the Sound of Islay to Jura, Ardnahoe is expected to attract 20,000 visitors each year.

Although the distillery began producing spirit in October 2018, and filled its first cask on 9 November, it officially opens today (12 April), with special guests from across the island and Hunter Laing business expected to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Ardnahoe was first granted planning permission in September 2016, with work starting on the site in the same year.

It has created 25 full and part-time jobs across the distillery and visitor centre.

The family-owned company, led by Stewart Laing and his sons Andrew and Scott, selected Islay as the location for its first whisky distillery due to Stewart’s family connections to the island, as well as the growing demand for Islay whisky.

Stewart said: ‘Since working as a teenager at Bruichladdich distillery over 50 years ago, I have had a huge affinity with Islay and its malt whiskies.

‘When we decided to build our own distillery, there was only one possible location.’

Ardnahoe’s stills look out across the Sound of Islay to Jura

With two copper pot stills – which feature the longest lyne arms in Scotland – and four wooden washbacks, Ardnahoe is set up to produce a fruity, creamy and heavily peated spirit, which will mature in a combination of first-fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Sherry casks.

The spirit was created in partnership with ex-Bruichladdich master distiller Jim McEwan, who has since transitioned into an ambassadorial role with the distillery.

Hunter Laing export director Andrew Laing described Ardnahoe’s style as ‘a new take on a classical Islay whisky’.

He said: ‘In a few years, if a lover of Islay whisky wants to try something new, then they can try something that’s been distilled very slowly through worm tub condensers.

‘As Jim McEwan was our master distiller we’d expect it to have some DNA of whisky he’s created in the past, but we expect it to be unique to us.’

Unique feature: Ardnahoe is the only Islay distillery to use worm tub condensers

While the core spirit will be made using malted barley peated to 40ppm, the distillery will also start production of an unpeated spirit later this year.

The whisky will need to mature for at least three years before it can be bottled, although Andrew Laing said the distillery’s first release won’t be rushed onto shelves.

‘We’re quite fortunate in terms of our business plan that we don’t need to release a whisky at any particular point,’ he said.

‘We’re going to be completely led by the quality but we believe that because we’re producing the spirit very carefully and putting it into good casks, it won’t be an inordinate length of time.’

In the meantime, the distillery offers visitors a range of tours, café facilities and bar, as well as a shop featuring a large range of Hunter Laing whiskies and a ‘fill-your-own’ station.

Ardnahoe is equipped with one 2.5 ton lauter mashtun with a copper lid.
The four wash backs are made from Oregon oine.
The fermentation time is
60 to 70 hours.
Wash stilla; 1 12.500 Ltrs, with a long lyne arm, 7,5 mtrs
Spirit still; 7500 Ltrs, with a long lyne arm, 7,5 mtrs
Worm tubes; 2, with in each a 77 mtr long copper tube
And from Old Fettercairn comes the Bobby mill build in 1920
Capacity: 1.000.000 Ltrs

Islay’s ninth distillery and the first for independent bottler Hunter Laing & Co.

As Islay’s newest distillery Ardnahoe needed to carve itself a niche to differentiate itself from the beloved whisky styles produced at the island’s existing sites. That’s achieved in spades with the only worm tub condensers on Islay, and Scotland’s longest lyne arms at 24.5ft, not to mention the stunning views from the still house out across the Sound of Islay.

Everything at Ardnahoe is set up to produce a heavily peated, richly fruity spirit with a creamy, slightly oily consistency. Barley is peated to 40ppm. The 2.5-tonne mash tun produces enough clear wort to fill half of one of Ardnahoe’s Oregon pine washbacks, meaning two mashes are required for one fermentation.

The fermentation itself is long, lasting between 60 and 70 hours to allow the yeast to produce fuller fruit flavours. In the still house, the two copper pot stills are run slow, allowing for greater copper contact as the spirit travels through the lanky lyne arms and into 77 metres of copper coiling in the worm tub condensers.

The spirit is currently being filled into first-fill ex-Bourbon casks, with some ‘experimental’ ex-oloroso and Pedro Ximénez Sherry butts.

The distillery layout has been designed with the visitor in mind, with plant equipment placed in such a way as to establish a natural flow for distillery tours, which end in an elaborately decorated sensory room. Visitors can grab a dram at the bar and a bowl of stovies from the café before picking up a bottle to take home from the on-site shop.

Ever since Stewart Laing worked at Bruichladdich as a teenager he felt an affinity with Islay and harboured a dream to one day build a family-owned and run distillery on the island.

In 2013 Laing established independent bottling company Hunter Laing & Co., and recruited his two sons, Andrew and Scott, to the board.

Noticing rapidly growing demand for its Islay whiskies, and with a desire to secure a future for his two sons, in January 2016 Laing acquired a site on the northeast coast of Islay and lodged plans to build an £8 million malt whisky distillery.

Planning permission was granted for Ardnahoe distillery in September 2016, and construction work began shortly after.

The distillery was completed in late 2018, with the first spirit run through the stills on 14 October, and the first cask filled on 9 November.

It officially opened to visitors in April 2019.

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
0.9 (approx.)
FERMENTATION TIME i
60-70 hours
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
2.5
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam coils/ pans/ radiators
MALT SPECIFICATION i
40ppm
MALT SUPPLIER i
Port Ellen Maltings
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi Lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
68.5%
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
100%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
7,500
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Lamp Glass
SPIRIT STILL SIZE (L) i
9,500
STILLS i
2
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
12,500
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Lamp Glass
WASH STILL SIZE (L) i
12,500
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
25,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Oregon pine
WASHBACKS i
4
WATER SOURCE i
Ardnahoe Loch
WORT CLARITY i
Clear
YEAST TYPE i
Mauri

Hunter Laing & Company

JIM MCEWAN JOINS ISLAY’S ARDNAHOE DISTILLERY
February 2017
Jim McEwan, the former master distiller of Bruichladdich, has come out of retirement to help establish Islay’s newest distillery.

Jim McEwan will help shape Islay's ninth distillery and is pictured here with Andrew, Stewart and Scott Laing
McEwan, who left Bruichladdich in July 2015 after 15 years, has joined Ardnahoe distillery as production director with responsibility for shaping its whisky style.

Hunter Laing & Co., a family-run independent whisky bottler, is currently building Ardnahoe distillery on the northeast coast of Islay.

While the distillery is not due to open until summer 2018, McEwan has been working closely with Hunter Laing’s managing director Stewart Laing and architect Iain Hepburn to design Ardnahoe’s layout and functionality.

Islay’s ninth distillery will feature wooden washbacks, copper pot stills and traditional worm tubs to create a number of different whiskies in the ‘classic Islay style’, and will ‘stay true to the island’s heritage’ with a heavily peated malt.

McEwan said: ‘The whisky we’re going to make at Ardnahoe will look back to move forward: we’ll be distilling slowly, by hand and without computers. We want to go back to maturing good whisky in good American Bourbon barrels for that traditional Islay flavour. I’ve done weird and wonderful casks in the past, but I’ll keep it simple and rely on the art of distillation and quality of oak for a unique, authentic taste.’

Ardnahoe distillery will look out toward the Paps of Jura ​

Ardnahoe will be the third Islay distillery McEwan has produced whisky for, having spent 38 years at Bowmore prior to taking up his position with Bruichladdich.

Since his retirement, the distiller has consulted on projects including assisting with the creation of Brookie’s Byron dry gin at the Cape Byron gin distillery in Australia’s Byron Bay.

While McEwan admitted he’d been approached to consult on several different projects, he was quick to accept a role with Hunter Laing after visiting the distillery location.

‘It absolutely blew me away,’ he said. ‘It’s an incredible spot up on a hill overlooking the Sound of Islay out to Mull in the north and across to Jura – it has to be one of the most beautiful sites for a distillery anywhere in the world.

‘It felt as though the stars were aligning; the amazing location, my history with Islay, my relationship with the Laing family, their passion for the project, the calibre of architect Iain Hepburn, plus my chance to get involved with the design of the distillery for the first time in my career – all made it feel like it was “meant to happen”.’

McEwan will eventually teach Laing’s sons Andrew and Scott how to operate the distillery before his consultancy comes to an end.

In the meantime, McEwan will work with Laing to create new whisky blends and single cask expressions using the group’s existing stocks. He will also host a tasting of old Islay whiskies owned by Hunter Laing during the Islay Festival (26 May – 3 June).

Andrew Laing, director of Hunter Laing & Co, said: ‘The three of us are hugely impressed with the whiskies [Jim’s] produced in the past and can sleep easy knowing that he is in ultimate charge of whisky-making at Ardnahoe.’

HUNTER LAING LAUNCHES SIX FÈIS ÌLE WHISKIES
May 2017
Independent bottler Hunter Laing is releasing six Islay whiskies at the Fèis Ìle festival to celebrate the start of building Ardnahoe distillery.

The Kinship
The Kinship: The six single cask whiskies mark the start of construction of Ardnahoe distillery
The collection, called The Kinship, is made up of six single cask Islay whiskies with a combined age of 181 years, chosen by Ardnahoe production director Jim McEwan, the former Bruichladdich distiller who came out of retirement to help establish Ardnahoe – set to be Islay’s ninth whisky distillery when it opens in 2018.

The Kinship whisky range comprises:

A 34-year-old Port Ellen, matured in Sherry casks and priced at £1,800
A 33-year-old Caol Ila, matured in Sherry casks and priced at £375
A 30-year-old Bowmore, matured in Sherry casks and priced at £495
A 30-year-old Laphroaig, matured in Bourbon casks and priced at £720
A 28-year-old Bunnahabhain, matured in Sherry casks and priced at £310
A 26-year-old Ardbeg, matured in Bourbon casks and priced at £720

McEwan said: ‘The whiskies in The Kinship range are a tribute to the brotherhood of Islay distilleries, of which I’ve been fortunate to be a part for most of my life, and now once again with Hunter Laing as we extend the Islay family with the establishment of Ardnahoe.’  

The Kinship range will be available to purchase at the new Ardnahoe shop in Islay House Square, Bridgend, from 10am today (26 May). The shop will remain open for at least a year while construction at Ardnahoe is completed, and will stock other Hunter Laing whiskies.

All six whiskies will be available to sample at two Ardnahoe tastings hosted by McEwan during the festival on 30 May and 1 June.

Tickets cost £150 and can be purchased online from Hunter Laing.

HUNTER LAING & COMPANY
INDEPENDENT BOTTLER
Independent bottling company and Islay whisky distiller based in Glasgow.

The company is headed by Stewart Laing and his sons Andrew and Scott, who had previously established their own bottling enterprise called Edition Spirits, which was absorbed into Hunter Laing along with new customers and markets in the Far East.

Hunter Laing’s portfolio of brands includes Old Malt Cask – rare and old malts bottled at 50% abv, the Old & Rare selection – cask strength bottlings of older malts, House Of Peers and Sovereign Single Grain, as well as a bottling facility in East Kilbride. In 2014 a new range of younger single malts was launched under the Hepburn’s Choice banner, along with the blended malt Highland Journey.

In 2018 Hunter Laing opened its first distillery, Ardnahoe, on Islay, alongside the release of sourced Islay single malt, Scarabus.

Hunter Laing & Co was established in 2013, when the brothers Fred and Stewart of Douglas Laing & Co decided to split the company assets and operate their own independent bottling operations. While Fred Laing was joined by his daughter Cara, Stewart Laing’s two sons Andrew and Scott were recruited to the new firm.

As a young man Stewart Laing learnt about the whisky business at Bruichladdich distillery on Islay when it was in the ownership of A&B Grant & Co, then working for Stevenson Taylor & Co, a wine and spirits company, gaining greater experience of the commercial side of the Scotch whisky industry.

He then joined the family company of Douglas Laing & Co, initially being involved in the bottling side of the operation, before accompanying his father Fred on sales trips to the firm’s key blended Scotch markets in Asia and South America. Following the death of Fred senior in 1982, Stewart and his brother Fred ran the business until 2013, moving away from the export blend market to concentrate on specialised single malt bottlings.

In 2016, Hunter Laing & Co. revealed plans to build its own single malt distillery on Islay to meet rising demand for peated Scotch whisky. Ardnahoe distillery, situated on the island’s east coast, filled its first cask of whisky on 9 November 2018, and opened to the public the following April.

DISTILLERIES & BRANDS
Ardnahoe
ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Authors' Series
SINGLE CASK SCOTCH WHISKY
Distiller's Art
SINGLE CASK SCOTCH WHISKY
Grendel's
BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Highland Journey
HIGHLAND BLENDED MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
House of Peers
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
John Player Special
BLENDED SCOTCH WHISKY
Old & Rare
SINGLE CASK SCOTCH WHISKY
Old Malt Cask
SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
Scarabus
ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
The Sovereign
SINGLE GRAIN SCOTCH WHISKY
ASSOCIATED COMPANIES
Edition Spirits
Raleigh (Glasgow)

STEWART LAING, HUNTER LAING
januari 2016
De directeur van onafhankelijk bottelaar Hunter Laing & Co is dichter dan ooit bij het verwezenlijken van zijn droom om een ​​door een familie gerunde distilleerderij te bezitten. Hier vertelt hij Becky Paskin waarom Islay de voor de hand liggende locatiekeuze was, en wat hij na 50 jaar in het vak heeft geleerd.

Stewart Laing
Zo'n 50 jaar na het starten van een carrière in Scotch whisky, bevindt Stewart Laing zich op korte afstand van het bezit van zijn eerste distilleerderij.
'Islay is iconisch, maar dat was niet altijd het geval. Het is pas de laatste tijd dat het een iconische whisky is geworden, maar Islay was altijd een natuurlijk huis voor ons om te beschouwen als een plek om een ​​distilleerderij te bouwen, zolang we maar land konden krijgen en vervolgens toestemming konden krijgen voor de bouw.

'Ik werkte vroeger bij Bruichladdich , maar mijn moeders kant van de familie had in 1915 een pub op Islay, die nu de muren van de ronde kerk in Bowmore omhoog houdt.

'Ik was in 1965 ongeveer zes maanden in Bruichladdich, toen ik 18 jaar oud was en nog steeds mocht drammen. Elke dag om 07.00 uur en 16.00 uur kreeg je een dram van wat in wezen white spirit was, recht uit de stilte. Helaas was het mij een stap te ver; Ik kon het op dat moment van mijn leven gewoon niet redden. Desalniettemin maakte het me populair omdat ik, wat mij toekwam, de meer volwassen leden doorgaf. Het was een geweldige tijd, een heerlijke zomer en het weer was heerlijk; om in ieder geval op Islay te zijn was sensationeel.

'Onze aantrekkingskracht op Islay was niet helemaal vanwege mijn historische associaties met het eiland. Dat familiale aspect was belangrijk, maar wij als bedrijf kunnen nooit genoeg Islay-whisky krijgen om aan onze eisen te voldoen, dus dat was ook een overweging. En natuurlijk erkennen we hoeveel kisten Islay-mout in een jaar worden verkocht, dus we wilden bij de winnaars zijn.

'Het bezit van een distilleerderij was zeker een wens die we hadden toen we Hunter Laing voor het eerst vormden, maar de kosten waren te hoog om een ​​bestaande distilleerderij plus alle voorraad te kopen, en de afgelopen twee en een half jaar kwamen we nergens. We voelden dat het tijd was om de sprong te wagen en zelf een distilleerderij te bouwen.

'Ardnahoe-distilleerderij - die zijn naam ontleent aan het nabijgelegen meer - wordt gebouwd voor een capaciteit van 500.000 RLA [opnieuw gemeten liter alcohol]. Het wordt een puree van 2,5 ton met twee stills, maar we zouden lopen verwachten voordat we rennen, dus de eerste paar jaar zullen we waarschijnlijk 200.000-250.000 RLA rennen en dan verder werken. Er zijn ook kasstroomoverwegingen waar we naar moeten kijken, maar dat is de hit die we op dit moment moeten nemen.

'Ik kan je categorisch zeggen dat we geen jenever of wodka gaan maken. We willen niet; we zijn een whiskybedrijf. Ik ben geen fan van white spirits - ik ben zelf een Campari-man - maar dat heeft er niets mee te maken.

'Ik heb nog steeds het gevoel dat het de juiste beslissing was om me te splitsen van mijn broer [Fred] en Douglas Laing en Hunter Laing te creëren , maar op een praktisch niveau, niet emotioneel. Het was een moeilijke beslissing; Ik maakte deel uit van Douglas Laing sinds 1967 en we zijn uit elkaar gegaan in 2013, dus dat is een lange tijd om op dezelfde plek bij je broer te zijn. Maar het leven gaat door en we kijken niet achter ons, we kijken vooruit en ik heb nu het voordeel om met mijn zonen te werken, die allebei erg opgewonden zijn en veel kennis en ervaring hebben.

'De realiteit van het werken met mijn zonen is uitstekend. Onze winsten zijn gestegen sinds de jongens arriveerden - de jongens, het zijn nog steeds mijn jongens - maar over het algemeen is het erg leuk, en als vader ben ik erg trots dat ze met mij willen werken, maar ten tweede is het een erfenis die ik voor hen kan achterlaten .

'Mijn eigen vader was van fundamenteel belang bij het vormgeven van mijn mening over Schotse whisky en hoe zijn whiskybedrijf zou moeten worden geleid. Ik heb eerlijkheid en integriteit geleerd, maar het vermogen om te zeggen wat je bedoelt en vast te houden aan wat je zegt. Ook om producent te zijn van een kwaliteitsassortiment Schotse whisky's, omdat het volgens hem al moeilijk genoeg is om mensen te laten komen kopen bij een onbekend bedrijf zoals het destijds was.

'Mijn vader had een heel bescheiden achtergrond en de afgelopen twee weken, toen dit ding dichter bij de bloei kwam, dacht ik veel aan hem en vroeg ik me af wat hij zou zeggen. Ik weet hoe blij hij zou zijn dat we ons in deze situatie bevinden.

'Ik werk nu meer dan 50 jaar in whisky en de grootste verandering die ik in die tijd heb gezien, is de enorme verkoop van Schotse whisky nu in vergelijking met 1965. Ook de verfijning van de markt nu en de enorme inspanningen van de mensen in de branche om ervoor te zorgen dat Scotch whisky bekend en erkend is voor wat het is. Het is een andere wereld. Communicatie op zichzelf maakt een geweldig verschil. We stuurden brieven naar Peru en het zou drie weken duren om daar te komen, drie weken om erover na te denken en drie weken om het terug te sturen. Het vertraagde het groeitempo eerder.

'Ik kom graag tot rust met mijn honden en ga wandelen met mijn vrouw in Schotland. We hebben een Boston Terrier genaamd Lola - voor wie een King Charles blijkbaar over de muur is gekomen, dus ze heeft een King Charles-gezicht en een Boston Terrier-lichaam - en de andere is een Chihuahua genaamd Evie. Ze zorgt voor me. '

HUNTER LAING LANCEERT SCARABUS VOOR FÈIS ÌLE
2019
Onafhankelijke bottelaar Hunter Laing brengt zijn nieuwe Scarabus Islay single malt uit om het Fèis 2019le 2019 te vieren, met de eerste proeverijen in de onlangs geopende Ardnahoe-distilleerderij.

Scarabus Islay single malt whisky van Hunter Laing
Rokerige whisky: Scarabus is de eerste uitdrukking in het nieuwe assortiment van Hunter Laing
De whisky zonder leeftijdsverklaring is de eerste uitdrukking in het nieuwe, 'mysterieuze' Scarabus-assortiment van Hunter Laing .

De single malt is afkomstig van een niet nader genoemde Islay-distilleerderij en gebotteld op 46% alcohol.

Het wordt beschreven als 'aroma's van Islay-turfrook en zeezout, gevolgd door verwarmende leertonen, gestoofde rabarber en een heerlijke vanille-zoetheid in de mond'.

Scarabus is genoemd naar een landbouwgrond in het noorden van Islay tussen Bridgend en Ballygrant, waar in 1817-1818 een distilleerderij, genaamd Scarabuss, een jaar lang actief was.

Ardnahoe- distilleerderij, eigendom van Hunter Laing, organiseert de eerste proeverijen van de uitdrukking tijdens geselecteerde rondleidingen en proeverijen tijdens Fèis Ìle (24 mei - 1 juni 2019).

In een commentaar op de release zei Hunter Laing-directeur Stewart Laing : 'We wilden een uitdrukking produceren die een traditionele Islay-whiskystijl laat zien.  

'De onmiskenbare Islay-rook past wonderwel bij de rijke, zoetere tonen die blijven hangen bij de afdronk.'

Op het etiket van de fles staat de mantra 'alleen wie zoekt, zal vinden', samen met 'opzettelijk dubbelzinnige' symbolen.

Het labelontwerp is geïnspireerd door de in Islay geboren auteur en geleerde John Francis Campbell, die een verzameling Keltische folklore heeft samengesteld.

Scarabus wordt vanaf juni wereldwijd gelanceerd voor ongeveer £ 38 per fles van 70 cl en zal tijdens Fèis Ìle ook exclusief verkrijgbaar zijn bij de Ardnahoe-distilleerderij.


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