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33 years old
52,4 %                   

Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Distilled 1970
Bottled 2003
Limited Edition
Bottled at Natural Cask Strenght
Traditionally Un - Chill Filtered
479 Bottles Filled from The Cask
Genummerde flessen
Offered with pride from

Douglas Laing & Co,Ltd Glasgow

Certificate of Authenticity

This Certificate confirms age, provenance and quality of the enclosed bottle of our Old & Rare PLATINUM SELECTION Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Distilled at Brechin Distillery Aged 33 years, Bottled at Natural Cask Strenght.
Douglas Laing & Co. proudly offer this fine example of the Distiller's art as a special se¬lection from our oldest stocks of whisky.
No water is added to reduce its strenght, as the angel's share has already taken care of that. No caramel colouring is added, so that you can see its pure and natural colour.
We have chosen to bottle this Malt without chill-filtration in the traditional style which does not remove nose, proteins and important taste factors - again as we prefer the full natural resonance of the original Malt Whisky to come through in all its elements. As you can see on the label of this bottle, it is one of a very restricted offering, which when consumed, is unrepeatable.

Tasting Notes: Light gold in colour with dried fruit and smoke on its distinctly fragrant nose, the body is light-weighted, carrying a hint of oilness with an incredibly sweet palate, tinged with salt and smoke; developing dryness. The finish is sweeter and smokier than you might expect. Wait for the fruit to-emerge again.

Fred H. Laing, Director of Malts

28 years old  
53,3 %         
Natural Cask Strenght
Numbered Bottles
Limited Release
From American Oak Refill Casks
2040 Bottles
Scottish Malt Distillers, Elgin

From the distillery at Brechin which was also called North Port this rare 1977 is now an opulent, fruity-dry 28 year old.

Sadly the present small bottling is among the last that will ever bear testimony to the Guthries' skill and care.

Deliciously rich-textured, this opulent natural Cask-Strenght Brechin is sophisticated and subtle. Intensely sweet and fruity on the nose, with a wisp of smoke, it is smooth-bodied, drying gently to a medium-long, fruit and nut finish that lingers agreeably.

Eastern Highlands

October 2005
Diageo has announced that its 2005 Annual Rare Malts Selection will be the last. The collection will consist of four cask strenght single malts from closed distilleries; Glen Mhor 28 years old, Millburn 35 years old, Glendullan 26 years old and Linkwood 30 years old.

Dr. Nicholas Morgan, global malts marketing director commented: 'As the Special Releases are now well established, it makes less sence to continue selecting and promoting a parallel series of Rare Malts with his own separate indentity'. In future, all premium and rare whiskies will be made available in the annual Special Releases series.
Douglas Laing & Co, Ltd
Douglas House 18, Lynedoch Crescent, Glasgow

Douglas Laing.

In 1949 Fred Douglas Laing established Douglas Laing & Co primarily as a blender and bottler for his Scotch Whisky blends The King of Scots and House of Peers, which are available today internationally.
Large stocks and reserves of aging Malts in particular, were laid down by Mr. Laing, many being guarded for 25 - 30 years specifically for the older blends such as the 25 and 30 Year Old KING OF SCOTS.
With more than 50 different Malts in stock, over the last 50 years from filling programme, it was obvious that the Malt Master would have certain favourites. These have variously been chalked off the times of regular quality control, as being of particular qualitative interest; both commercially, and for the pleasure of the Directors. It has been their particular perk, benefit and privelege to nose and taste some of the finest quality samples indicative of the Distillers's art.
It was judged by the two current owners/directors (sons of the founder, so nepotism is not dead!) that some of these stocks were 'too good to blend'. And so the OLD MALT CASK selection was developed in 1999 to extend those perks and benefits beyond the Director's tasting suite!
Initially it was felt that 50 different Malts commemorating the Company's 50th Anniversary would be approciate. That tally has now been exeeded but our preferred strenght of 50 X ale/vol is maintained. We believe this strenght creates a fine, round, full quality for various Malts when taken 'neat'. It also allows the regular consumer to know precisely how much or little water should be added to this artisan and craftman's distillate.
These selected Malt Whiskies have waited many years to reach their classic heights of qua-lity. Not only with your health in mind, but with a view to greater enjoyment, may we suggest that in the style of the founder, whose signature endorses your Malt, you enjoy its glass leisurely and slowly.
Douglas Laing.

Dalclagie new make 65.6% This hails from North Point, which is based on an ex-NATO listening station in Forss, Caithness. It uses Maris Otter fermented with a Norwegian farmhouse yeast strain called Kviek (which is actually a family of yeasts as each town/farm had it own strain)

It has some of Kveik’s outrageous tropical fruitiness along with a light green vegetal element. Thick and ripe on the palate, with raspberry, gentian and rich soft fruits with some malt on the end. Water brings in a buttery note, some grassiness and fruit skins. One to follow.

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