Douglas Laing & Co. has released three new Asia-exclusive single cask bottlings – a 23-year-old from Craigellachie and two 11-year-olds from Bunnahabhain and Glengoyne – to celebrate the onset of the Lunar New Year, marked as the Year of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac.
The Craigellachie 1995 has been fully matured in an ex-Sherry butt and bottled at a cask strength of 52.3% abv under Douglas Laing’s premium Xtra Old Particular (XOP) range.
The whisky is said to have a ‘rich mocha, cocoa character with candied peels, allspice and stewed red fruits’.
Only 640 bottles of the 23-year-old have been produced, with each one numbered and presented in a wooden gift box containing a certificate with a New Year’s message from chairman Fred Laing and director of whisky Cara Laing, Fred’s daughter.
The Bunnahabhain 2007 has been matured in a refill hogshead and bottled at a cask strength of 54.4% abv.
Described as retaining an ‘archetypical Islay style of sweet peat alongside honeycomb, a coastal influence and citrus fruits’, just 305 bottles of the whisky have been produced.
The Glengoyne 2007 has been matured in a refill hogshead and bottled at a cask strength of 52.5% abv.
Said to contain notes of ‘milk chocolate and honeyed barley with a spiced warmth at its core’, only 316 bottles of the Glengoyne have been created.
Both 11-year-olds are bottled under Douglas Laing’s Old Particular label, described as ‘a unique series of individually selected aged single cask malts and grains’.
The whiskies are only available in Asia: a boxed set of all three whiskies is available in Taiwan for NT$19,999 (approximately £510) and the XOP Craigellachie 1995 will also be available individually in Hong Kong and China.