A distillery briefly active in the ‘Glasgow collection area’ in the 1820s.
Douglas Laing & Company Profile
The firm’s assets include the Remarkable Regional Malts brand, which encompasses The Epicurean (Lowland), Timorous Beastie (Highland), Scallywag (Speyside), The Gauldrons (Campbeltown), Rock Island (Islands), as well as Big Peat from Islay, a popular brand originally introduced in 2009.
The company also bottles and markets an Exceptional Single Casks range, which includes Provenance and Premier Barrel Single Malts, as well as the flagship Old Particular and Xtra Old Particular brands, including both malt and grain bottlings.
Douglas Laing already owns one distillery – Strathearn in Perthshire, acquired in 2019 – and will soon operate another, a new-build £10.7m plant in Glasgow.
Douglas Laing & Company History
Until 2013 brothers Fred and Stewart Laing worked together, heading up the family bottling company, before deciding to split the company’s assets and go their separate ways.
Douglas Laing’s daughter Cara joined her father, bringing with her significant Scotch whisky experience, having acted as global brand manager for Jura single malt, before serving as marketing manager for Bowmore and Glen Garioch.
Cara is the third generation of the Laing family to be involved with the company, which was founded in 1948 by her grandfather, Fred Douglas Laing, who blended his own whisky and established a fillings programme with many Scottish distilleries, a practice which continues to this day.
Fred Laing became a trainee employee with Whyte & Mackay Distillers in his native Glasgow after leaving school, going on to work with White Horse Distillers before joining his father and brother Stewart in the family firm in 1972. Their father died in 1982. Over the years, the focus of the business changed from exporting blends to bottling single malts, principally for the UK market.
In July 2017 Douglas Laing & Co revealed plans to build its own £10.7m distillery in Glasgow and, in October 2019, it announced the acquisition of tiny Perthshire malt distillery Strathearn.
Distilleries & Brands
- Big Peat Islay Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
- McGibbon's Blended Scotch Whisky
- Rock Island Islands Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
- Scallywag Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
- Strathearn Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- The King of Scots Blended Scotch Whisky
- Timorous Beastie Highland Blended Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing & Co
18 Lynedoch Crescent
- +44 141 333 9242
Modern group created to build and operate Glasgow’s first distillery for over 100 years.
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Distiller & blender
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