Epicurean Cognac Finish: Douglas Laing releases Edition 2 of the Wood Series

This blended malt from the Lowlands was finished in two cognac casks


There is news from Douglas Laing & Co about the Epicurean, the Lowlander among the Regional Malts. The second edition of the whisky that belongs to the Wood Series has been launched and follows the Epicurean Côte-Rôtie Cask Finish, released in 2019.

By finishing the Epicurean in different cask types, Douglas Laing & Co want to demonstrate the influence of the wood on the maturation of a whisky and give his blended malt Epicurean various aromatic facets. Following the red wine cask of the first edition, there were now two cognac casks used for the finish of the second Wood Finish.

Designed as a single cask release, the Epicurean Cognac Finish is bottled at an alcoholic strength of 48% ABV; like all Douglas Laing products, this whisky was neither chill-filtered nor colored.

Cara Laing, Director of Whisky in the family firm, commented: “We continue to seek to open up the world of Scotch Whisky to new audiences and offer innovative experiences – our Epicurean Malt is best placed to do this. The core expression is fresh and zesty yet very light in style, accordingly the spirit lends itself exceptionally well to experimentation – be that in cocktails, or indeed with unique cask finishes, such as this latest release.”

The current press release enthuses about the tropical style of the Epicurean Cognac Finish and describes flavors of lychee, fiery ginger, sandalwood and coconut.

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