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Douglas Laing Reveals: Seasonal Limited Editions for the Christmas.

Douglas Laing & Co today announced two new seasonal bottlings of its Islay and Speyside Malt Scotch Whiskey brands: Big Peat Christmas Edition and Scallywag Winter Edition.

These exclusive releases round off a successful year for two flagship brands in Douglas Laing’s Remarkable Regional Malts range, both awarded Gold at The Spirits Business Scotch Whiskey Masters 2022.

In keeping with the ethos of Douglas Laing, these special bottlings are proudly offered without colouring or cold filtration, and both are bottled at Natural Cask Strength; Big Peat Christmas at 54.2% ABV and Scallywag Winter at 54% ABV. 

A marriage of Single Cask Single Malts exclusively from Islay, Big Peat’s limited edition is said to be “full of burnt caramel, waves of Hebridean sea air and rich earthy notes balanced by the sweetness of toasted marshmallow”. The Big Peat Christmas Edition is packaged in a luxurious gift tube with high-gloss lacquer details and features a custom image of the iconic bearded fisherman with his headset in a Christmas wreath. The caramel-striped red and white bottle cap that has become synonymous with the festive edition completes the ultimate gift offering. 

Strictly limited to 5,000 bottles, Scallywag’s 100% Sherry Cask Matured bottling is the third annual winter expression.

Around the neck of the bottle is a mini, green and red striped woollen scarf to indicate the seasons. This limited edition was aged exclusively in Speyside Oloroso and Pedro Ximinéz sherry casks. Each Single Cask Single Malt has been hand-selected by the Douglas Laing family for its “rich, full-bodied flavours that complement the season”, resulting in a spirit described as “intelligently spicy with notes of cinnamon and ginger, both sweet and pleasant.”. dark chocolate”.

Commenting on the seasonal expressions, brand manager Rebecca Fennell said: “We are delighted to announce this year’s festive releases from two of our biggest brands, Big Peat and Scallywag. As a company, we are incredibly proud to have these releases anticipated in the whiskey world, and it is becoming something we look forward to every year.

Both are offered at Natural Cask Strength and are full of flavour and are the perfect warmups for the inevitable dark and crisp winter nights ahead. 
Editions of Big Peat Christmas and Scallywag Winter will be available from September 2022. These limited editions can be purchased from fine specialist shops in central markets around the world, including Europe, America, and Asia Both editions are available for £57.50/€68.50.

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