Latest update: June 16th 2015
DOUGLAS LAING PRE MAY 1ST 2013
Douglas Laing & Co. Ltd. was founded in 1948 by Mr. Fred Douglas Laing as an independent and family owned business. Using their stocks of whisky normally reserved for such blends as The King Of Scots, JPS (John Player Special) or the McGibbon's Golf Range, they make selections for single barrel bottlings such as the Old Malt Cask. Each cask is selected on its different merits and is chosen at time of blend approval, with their Malt Master selecting individuality and character rather than uniformity. Commemorating their company's 50th Anniversary some years ago, and in line with its Whisky Trade moniker, the malts are bottled at 50 % alc./vol. - the 'Golden' strength.
Over 130 different distilleries/ages are available in this range from their House. More recently the "Ne Plus Ultra" line extension took place with the launch of their Platinum Selection in its short traditional and old fashioned bottles, filled at natural cask strength. Each rigid gift box carries an individually numbered certificate of Authenticity with appropriate tasting notes. They also have a range of younger and consequently less expensive malts were released under the Provenance label.
Douglas Laing produces miniatures from some of the Old Malt Cask range. All miniatures are at 50 % Alc./Vol. and contain 50 ml. of single malt whisky.
After Fred Douglas Laing left the company his sons Fred and Stewart took over the business
The pictures in the slide show at the left, were taken by Frans Brouwer – The Whisky Friend. The pictures are used with kind permission from him.
DOUGLAS LAING AS OF MAY 1ST 2013
As of May 1st 2013 Fred Laing realized his career-long ambition of taking total control of Douglas Laing & Co. the business his father Fred Douglas Laing established in 1948. As Fred restructured for the future, it also was announced that the company would maintain tradition with a senior appointment from the third generation of the family.
Cara Laing, Fred’s daughter, joined the company as Head of Brands Marketing, bringing her impressive industry experience and proven marketing expertise. She left behind Morrison Bowmore Distillers, while she had also been working at Whyte & Mackay.
Since the split up (see also Hunter Laing below), Douglas Laing held on to the brands Provenance, Director’s Cut, Clan Denny, King of Scots and McGibbons. To replace other brands they started the Old Particular range, and started the Big Peat, Rock Oyster, Scallywag and Timorous Beastie brands.