Douglas Laing unveils Timorous Beastie 25 Years Old

by Melita Kiely

Independent whisky bottler Douglas Laing has unveiled a limited edition 25-year-old blended malt as part of its Timorous Beastie Scotch brand.

Only 1,600 bottles of Timorous Beastie 25 Years Old will be released through specialist retailers, priced at £150 (US$187) per bottle. The whisky was mostly matured in ex-Bourbon barrels, and has been bottled at 46.8% ABV without caramel colouring or chill filtration. It is said to have a buttery, honey style, with notes of marmalade, ginger and damp oak. Cara Laing, director of whisky at Douglas Laing, said: “Timorous Beastie 25 Years Old is a beautifully balanced marriage of single malts distilled in the Scottish Highlands. “It’s a perfect illustration as to how rich Highland malts mellow as they mature whilst developing a wonderful complexity. “This expression carried the trademark Timorous Beastie vanilla and honey style – as a result of being matured predominantly in ex-Bourbon casks – as well as an orange tang and sweet spiciness, perfect for autumn evenings.” Timorous Beastie 25 Years Old joins the brand’s 18-year-old special release, which has also been bottled at 46.8% ABV and is priced at RRP £90 (US$112). Earlier this year, Douglas Laing debuted a cask strength Timorous Beastie that had been aged for 12 years.