Douglas Laing marks Lunar New Year with three bottlings

Scotch Whisky specialist Douglas Laing & Co has released its Year of the Pig Limited Edition bottlings in celebration of the Lunar New Year.

The XOP Single Cask of a Sherry matured Craigellachie 1995 Vintage and two Old Particular Single Casks – a Bunnahabhain 2007 and a Glengoyne 2007 – have been unveiled to mark the Lunar New Year, the most celebrated of Chinese traditions.

The vintages were specially selected as both 1995 and 2007 were previous Years of the Pig within the Chinese Zodiac calendar. The three Single Casks have all been bottled at natural cask strength.

The XOP numbered bottles are presented in wooden gift boxes and they carry a hand-signed certificate with a New Year message from father and daughter duo, Fred and Cara Laing, chairman and director of Whisky at Douglas Laing.

Fred Laing said: “Despite numerous visits to the Far East since the early 1970’s, I have never been there during Chinese New Year, so to participate in this fashion with these rare bottlings, each so full of Eastern promise, is wonderful and we’re thrilled to commemorate this iconic cultural moment. We hope our friends in Asia enjoy celebrating New Year with these Whiskies.”

The XOP Craigellachie Single Cask has a rich mocha, cocoa character with candied peels, allspice and stewed red fruits, the result of more than two decades resting in a Sherry butt.

The Old Particular Bunnahabhain is said to reveal the archetypical Islay style of sweet peat alongside honeycomb, a coastal influence and citrus fruits.

The Old Particular Glengoyne meanwhile shows milk chocolate and honeyed barley with a spiced warmth at its core. 

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