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A brief company history

Glasgow-based Douglas Laing & Co are independent bottlers and blenders headed by brothers, Fred and Stewart Laing, who proved the value of nepotism when they succeeded their father, Fred Douglas who founded the company in 1948.

And, in truth, they’ve not let their Dad down over the past 25 years in charge. Indeed, they’ve grafted to uphold the traditions of the family - apart from the sheep stealing and cattle rustling.

Their father started the business by buying the company that owned the King of Scots. Then – by starting his own filling programme (carried on to this days) – he developed a great nose and kept his notes in a “special book”. When it came time for Stewart and his brother Fred to enter the business, he was shrew enough to send them out to work elsewhere.  Stewart went to work for Ballantines and Fred went White & Mackay and White Horse. The father developed their blends and, when he died in 1984, he fortunately had written down all the specs in that “special book” for them to work.

They have successfully expanded their markets so that their highly-rated ranges now regularly features blends up to 25 years old, using the original blend specifications handed down to them - and written out so they wouldn’t forget them.

A key feature is their vast stock of different Malts built up over the last 50 years and it’s been a pleasing perk, benefit and privilege for the current directors to nose and taste some of the finest quality samples.

Fred and Stewart, astute as their father was ground-breaking, got their heads together at one tasting session and boldly declared: “Some of these malts are too good to blend.” And so it was in 1998, their much sought-after OLD MALT CASK selection was rolled out, containing many rare and old single malt bottling, with more than 100 different expressions that can be found regularly in this range, where bottlings are diluted to 50%. Some malts are released in an even more exclusive range – The Old and Rare Selection, offered at cask strength. The other range is the called Provenance range, often aged around 10-12 years (there also older ones), almost always diluted to 46%.
The unique line Premier Barrel offers rare and old malts in antique ceramic decanter, firstly designed for the gift market for connoisseurs and single malt enthusiasts. With all these the portfolio is not limited.  There is greats interest into the new line Double Barrel (a very fancy decision) – a “marriage” between two carefully selected malt whiskies (vatted malt whisky) and in beginning of the coming 2010 you will be able to buy in Bulgaria also the Big Peat (enjoying a distinctly successful worldwide launch) – a Islay blended malt, where meanwhile are part of Laing’s family roots.

The brothers are proud Scots - and the Scottish attitudes of honesty, courtesy and friendliness is amply demonstrated as they go about their business at home and abroad boosting their business and customer satisfaction, they carry out extensive tastings throughout the year all over the world, always dressed appropriately in the kilt (look at Fred's picture at the fireplace), not the same one, of course :)

The Malt and Blended Scotch Whiskies Douglas Laing have been laid down to rest and mature over many long years, awaiting your consumption, at the right place and moment – when they are the best to be sipped, awaiting for you at the best whisky shops worldwide, and also already in Bulgaria.