The Gauldrons Batch 3: Halloween is coming

Douglas Laing introduces the third batch of its limited edition Campbeltown blended malt

Autumn is here: the days are getting shorter and it gets dark earlier. Dark and mysterious is also the blended malt from the Remarkable Regional Malts series by independent bottler Douglas Laing, representing the Campbeltown whisky region: The Gauldrons. Just in time for Halloween, the Glasgow-based family business announces the release of The Gauldrons Batch No. 3.

The King and the spider

Elaborately designed label

Inspired by the eponymous dark, sandy coves on Campbeltown’s west shores, The Gauldrons literally means "Bay of Storms”. Legend has it that this was the place where King Robert the Bruce, having been defeated by his enemies, regained his courage as he watched a spider building her web with great difficulty but enormous patience. She did not let herself be discouraged and tried again and again until the web was completed. This ancient legend is reflected in the elaborately designed, dark and atmospheric packaging of The Gauldrons, which features a foil-detailed compass, an intricately woven web and eery spider. This makes the blended malt the perfect dram for the Autumn months in general and Halloween in particular.

Sweet and salty

For The Gauldrons, only single malt whiskies from Campbeltown are married together, with Douglas Laing selecting some of their best and rarest casks. The result is a unique combination of salty and sweet aromas that balance maritime flair with sweet notes of sugar and malty grain. "October is just around the corner, and we are all looking for the richer flavours of Autumn. With a perfect balance of sweetness and peat, our Campbeltown Blended Malt is the ideal accompaniment to a sophisticated Halloween party or sipped around a bonfire with friends," says Cara Laing, Director of Whisky.

Available from October

Since the Campbeltown whisky region consists of only three distilleries, The Gauldrons is always very limited. Batch No. 3 was again bottled at 46.2% abv and – as is usual with Douglas Laing – is neither coloured nor chill-filtered. The successor of the partly still available Batch no. 2 will be available from specialist retailers worldwide from October.

Official tasting notes

Nose: Dry saltiness with sweet cereals and a hint of gentle peat smoke.

Palate: Initially dry with maritime notes, later warming with sugar, barley and oak spice.

Finish: Warming and spicy with puffs of smoke and dark sugar sweetness.

Image: Douglas Laing