Douglas Laing & Co, the leading independent Scotch Whisky specialist, today reveals the second in its Old Particular “Consortium of Cards” Single Cask Scotch Whisky Collection. Themed around a deck of playing cards, the first release within the series – a Laphroaig 18 Years Old named “Queen of the Hebrides” – launched to global acclaim in February 2017. The second release is titled “King of the Hills”, a single cask Ben Nevis 20 Years Old that is said to deliver a fruity, zesty and home-baked character.
Cara Laing, Director of Whisky, discusses the latest release:
“Our Old Particular King of the Hills bottling honours Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Britain. Conquering its peak is a personal challenge for many, and we believe our latest Consortium of Cards bottling, with its mellow, home-baked and warming character represents the ideal reward after an arduous climb – or any indeed any outdoor pursuit!”
Matured in a single refill butt and bottled at 50% alcohol strength, the King of the Hills is the “high card” amongst a small but perfectly-formed selection of Old Particular bottlings from Douglas Laing this quarter. Among them are a couple of richly spiced Sherry bombs, including an Old Particular Braeval 15 Years Old and a Glenrothes 12 Years Old, fully matured in a single Sherry butt. Also from Speyside is a “magical” Mortlach 12 Years Old, whilst an Auchentoshan 16 Years Old, with “a warming nutty sweetness”, is a rare Lowland release from Douglas Laing. A particularly interesting cask distilled at Glen Keith, aged 21 Years Old, displays great depth and mouth-feel with a “lemon meringue pie, vanilla ice cream and flambéed orange” character.
Old Particular, an award-winning series of individually hand-selected aged Single Casks from all over Scotland, originally launched in 2013, and the family Scotch Whisky firm now sells the brand in over 50 markets globally. Each is bottled according to the founders’ philosophy of topmost quality: Old Particular is always proudly presented without colouring and without chill filtration – allowing the cask and the naturally present oils and enzymes in the spirit to make their own special contribution to its nose, mouthfeel, palate and finish.
Old Particular bottlings, including the new “King of the Hills” limited edition, are available from specialist Scotch Whisky retailers globally.