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Douglas Laing & Co Ltd

Douglas House 18 Lynedoch Crescent, G3 6EQ Glasgow
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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ProWein 2020 hall map (Hall 7): stand B06

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Contact

Chris Leggat

CEO

Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Phone
00441413339242

Email
chris.leggat@douglaslaing.com

Lindsay McBlain

P.A.

Glasgow, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Phone
00441413339242

Email
lindsay.mcblain@douglaslaing.com

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Our products

Product category: Craft Spirits

DISCOVER OUR REMARKABLE REGIONAL MALTS

The Ultimate Distillation of Scotland’s Malt Whisky Regions. Begin your journey of discovery and explore our award-winning range of Blended Malts. 

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Product category: Craft Spirits

EXPERIENCE OUR EXCEPTIONAL SINGLE CASKS

Come close to the pleasure of sampling a dram straight from the cask. Packed with extraordinary flavour, choose from our family of four Exceptional Single Cask Whiskies.

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Product category: Craft Spirits

SIP UPON OUR SPECIALIST WHISKIES

Choose from our perfectly balanced and carefully curated specialist Whiskies – each one is bursting with flavour and finesse.

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Product category: Craft Spirits

GARDEN SHED GIN

Our concept was to create a gin in the shed, inspired by botanicals found on our doorstep, from the wild blackberries at the bottom of the garden to the dandelion we worked so hard to get rid of. Not only have we created what we believe to be a clean, fresh, flavoursome gin, we also have a vision to give back to nature by supporting Scottish charities such as the bumblebee conservation trust and trees4scotland.

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Dec 10, 2019

DOUGLAS LAING OPERATING PROFITS INCREASING BY 40% TO £2.4M IN 2017

Douglas Laing & Co has seen double-digit growth year on year since 2014, recently announced that sales of their Whiskies grew to 70,000 cases which were shipped to nearly 60 countries worldwide.

GLASGOW-BASED DOUGLAS LAING & CO, WHICH HAS SEEN DOUBLE DIGIT GROWTH YEAR ON YEAR SINCE 2014, RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THAT SALES OF THEIR WHISKIES GREW TO 70,000 CASES WHICH WERE SHIPPED TO NEARLY 60 COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE.

International growth is at the core of the 70-year-old firm’s strategy with particular focus being brought to bear on both their Remarkable Regional Malts range and establishment of their own vertical production site encompassing a distillery, bottling facility and new HQ in Glasgow (see images). This corporate direction led to Chris Leggat recently being promoted to CEO with Douglas Laing’s Owner, Fred Laing, transitioning to the role of Chairman.

Chris Leggat indicated “This is an exciting new role for me and the business at a particularly positive time as we mark our Platinum Anniversary. Douglas Laing is an impressive, growing business with an excellent and expanding team of professionals in place, world-class brands and an exciting future. We are gearing up for the next chapter where we will continue to invest heavily in our Whisky stocks, our team and the global customer base. We have laid a solid foundation to allow the business to grow ahead of the industry curve, planning out for both the short and longer-term. It’s a high energy, creative environment at Douglas Laing and we’ll maintain those values through the next chapter.”

Fred Laing commented "As we continue to build and establish Douglas Laing as a key player within the Whisky industry, I am delighted to appoint Chris as CEO. He brings a great combination of passion and enthusiasm as well as a flair for strategic thinking and understandably works well with my daughter Cara, our Director of Whisky. Last years’ numbers are history and become the new benchmark for further growth. We are currently recruiting for 6 new key roles across Sales and Marketing, as well as a number of internal promotions, so we believe the future is certainly looking bright for our family Company.”

From its relatively humble beginnings in 1948, few could have predicted the continuing success of the Company now in the hands of its third generation.

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Dec 10, 2019

BLENDED MALT IS BEST

When Cara Laing, our Director of Whisky stumbled across an article on her BBC app, it struck a chord with her. In this post, the third generation in the family business tells us more:

“My grandfather, Fred Douglas Laing, stood staunchly by his philosophy that skilful, meticulous blending results in a finished recipe whereby the whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. That mantra is one my Dad and I still live by today, when we blend the Single Malts used to create our Remarkable Regional Malts series.

Each of our Remarkable Regional Malts is created to represent the archetypal Whisky style produced in its respective region. To create our Scallywag, for example, we marry together Single Malts from some of the finest and most revered Distilleries in Speyside in order to produce the ultimate taste of Speyside in one bottle. Alongside the illustration of Scallywag, the family Fox Terrier, reads the phrase “Speyside Blended Malt Scotch Whisky”.

We know from experience at Whisky shows all over the world, that some Whisky lovers have a perception that “Blend” is inferior to “Single”. We’ve seen first-hand that some people will notice the word “Blend” on a bottle and instantly believe they won’t like it; that it’s not for them.

That’s why the headline of this BBC article - “Why blend? Exploring the art of science and blending” - caught my attention. I have no doubt that a quote from early in the article will surprise some people:

To those people, we like to ask a couple of questions.

Did you know that a Single Malt could in fact be created from 10 times as many casks as our Remarkable Regional Malts? We ask this because - as the BBC article points out - amongst other criteria, the term “Single Malt” means that all of the casks used in the recipe were filled at the same distillery. There could be 100s and 100s of casks combined in order to create the Whisky that is named a “Single Malt”, whereas our Remarkable Regional Malts are produced in very small batches, using far fewer Single Casks selected from the family stocks. We often find that the blending element involved in a Single Malt is misunderstood, and we like to point out that by marrying together Single Malts from different distilleries, we’re creating something that’s multi-faceted – like comparing the sound of a single violin to that of an entire orchestra!  

Did you know that Blended Malt and Blended Scotch are in fact two entirely different styles of whisky? Asking this question sometimes opens a can of worms, as it’s a rather complicated concept! Whilst Blended Malt can be defined as “a marriage of Single Malts”, Blended Scotch is different. It is created by blending Grain Whisky together with Malt. Often, the perception is that Grain Whisky, or Blended Scotch, is of a lesser quality. Blended Malt, on the other hand is created purely from Single Malt Whiskies.

The article goes on to point out that some of the world’s finest Champagnes contain over 450 different wines. It really brings to life the art and skill required for successful blending – to genuinely create a finished product that enhances the qualities of the constituent parts. So, our message to the world to is BLENDED MALT IS BEST AND REALLY PRETTY REMARKABLE!

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Oct 24, 2019

DOUGLAS LAING ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF STRATHEARN DISTILLERY

Douglas Laing & Co, independent Scotch Whisky firm, today announces 100% ownership of Strathearn Distillery.

Established in 1948, the award-winning family business has been celebrated to date as a leading blender and bottler of small batch, hand-crafted Single Cask and Blended Malt Scotch Whiskies. The Strathearn acquisition marks the first Distillery in the Douglas Laing portfolio, whilst plans for the firm’s recently-announced Distillery project in Glasgow continue to progress.
Highland region and Perthshire-based Strathearn Distillery began production in 2013, and was a pioneer of the “craft distilling” scene. The multi-functional site encompasses distillation, warehousing and bottling, with “hand-crafted” values at the heart of its ethos.

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About us

Company details

  • Douglas Laing is a creator and purveyor of the finest Scotch Whiskies since 1948.
  • Established by Fred Douglas Laing, we are a proud family business now in its third generation
  • We are a leading independent Scotch Whisky Blender and Bottler specialising in the selection and release of artisan, Small Batch and Single Cask bottlings
  • Having spent decades establishing unique relationships across the Whisky industry, we are able to access the finest, and rarest, Scotch Whisky stocks
  • Our Whiskies are distributed and loved in over 60 countries globally

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Company data

Sales volume

1-9 Mio US $

Number of employees

20-49

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