Big Peat 12 Years Old and Epicurean 12 Years Old launched as new permanent bottlings

Douglas Laing & Co. extends the range of its Regional Malts


In its Remarkable Regional Malt series, the independent bottler Douglas Laing frequently presents limited bottlings. The Big Peat in particular is popular, so it is quite often released in a new outfit. In June, for example, we reported about the Feis Ile Edition and recently a football edition was launched. Today, however, we received a press release stating that we can look forward to two new permanent bottlings of the Douglas Laing range: The Big Peat 12 Years Old as well as the Epicurean 12 Years, will complement the range of the Remarkable Regional Malts.

Two of a different kind

The Big Peat 12 Years Old, a representative of the smoky Islay whiskies, is announced as a marriage of single cask single malts, bottled at 46% ABV. As we are used to from Douglas Laing bottlings, there was no colouring nor chill filtration. “Charred oak, chimney soot and rock salt, complemented by brown sugar and bonfire ashes” is the aromatic description of the whisky, which is the first ever permanent bottling of the popular Big Peat with an age statement.

The Epicurean 12 Years Old is also a blend of single cask single malts. In terms of aroma and taste, however, this malt can be found at the other end of the aroma spectrum: The representative of the Lowlands is described to “burst with citrus zest, ripe peaches and a touch of spice”, and to feature “coconut flakes and cut grass”. It is also available in 46% alcohol strength, uncolored and unchill-filtered.

Development towards an age statement

Chris Leggat, Douglas Laing & Co.’s Managing Director said: “Since joining Douglas Laing in 2013, it’s been an exciting journey watching Big Peat “grow up” and helping to establish the Epicurean brand which launched as recently as 2016 but is growing very nicely for us. The two are polar opposites in terms of taste profile but these permanent bottlings, designed expressly for specialist retail, are an exciting development for the business. They join Timorous Beastie 10 Years Old, Scallywag 10 Years Old and Rock Island 10 Years Old in our dynamic series of Whiskies which offers a fun yet credible, quality line-up for the specialist retail category”.

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