In the world of whisky we’ve all heard of the big players and there’s nothing wrong with that. But sometimes it pays to look a bit harder and find those quietly going about things their own way.

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Douglas Laing & Co. is one to watch, this family run business is not too concerned with the ‘heritage’ that weighs down many of the other familiar whisky brands – they’re happy to take a different approach, focusing on artisan, small batch and single cask bottlings. Not only adding their own twist to familiar drams but going against the grain when it comes to packaging.


That’s not to say they’re a newbie – established in 1948 this is a third generation business founded on offering a unique Scotch Whisky experience, underpinned by the philosophy to bottle the way the distiller intended – at a high strength and non-chill- filtered.


They’re undoubtedly best known for their range of signature blended whiskies, referred to as the Remarkable Regional Malts. The round up includes:


Scallywag a small batch bottling created using only the finest Speyside Malts (a D21’s best seller).


Rock Oyster this small batch bottling has a truly maritime and oceanic character of sea-salt, sweet peat, smoke, honey and pepper. Containing the finest Malt Whiskies from Scotland’s whisky islands. 


The Epicurean a blend of some of the finest Lowland Malts - a marriage of the best that the East and the West of Scotland have to offer.


Timorous Beastie offers the essence of The Highlands; a marriage of the region's finest Malts including Dalmore, Glengoyne and Glen Garioch.


Big Peat a remarkable marriage of Malt Whiskies only from the island of Islay. Without colouring or chill-filtration and bottled at high alcohol strength (46%).


So if you’re ready to move on from the big boys of whisky why not give this innovative independent bottler a try.  But if you want to stick with something more classic you can’t go far wrong with The Macallan – the powerhouse of single malts.  Choose from The Macallan Fine Oak 12 years old, a drinks cabinet staple or if you’re looking to make someone’s day why not gift them a bottle of The Macallan Rare Cask.


Go and explore.