Douglas Laing bottles 1982 Port Ellen

Dec 17, 2018by Melita Kiely

Independent whisky bottler Douglas Laing has concluded its 70th anniversary celebrations with the launch of a 1982 vintage Port Ellen and a 26-year-old Big Peat bottling.

The XOP Platinum Port Ellen 1982 Vintage Single Cask and the second release of Big Peat’s aged limited edition trilogy, Platinum Edition Aged 26 Years, round off a year of celebratory bottlings and events for Douglas Laing. Only 273 bottles of the XOP Platinum Port Ellen have been created, bottled at cask strength 54.5% abv and priced at RRP £1,950 (US$2,458). The whisky is said to have notes of salt, tar, phenol, coal dust, and mocha. Meanwhile, the Big Peat Platinum Edition has been bottled at cask strength 51.5% abv, with only 3,000 bottles available to purchase at an RRP of £175 (US$220). It is said to have flavours of smoky barbecued meat and a salty-sweet character. Both expressions have been bottled without chill filtration or caramel colouring, and are available from specialist retailers in the UK, Europe and Asia. Cara Laing, director of whisky, said: “It’s been a genuinely landmark, momentous and unforgettable year at Douglas Laing. “From the launch of our Old Particular ‘double pack’ in February, collectively delivering 70 years of whisky excellence with a 35-year-old single cask single malt and a 35-year-old grain, to our global distributor conference followed by a very memorable gala dinner in August, the release of our XOP Platinum Single Cask series and now Big Peat’s Platinum bottling, we’ve truly honoured this significant milestone in our family history in more ways than my grandfather could ever have imagined.”