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Douglas Laing is an independant bottler and blender of considerable note, and you can check out the latest news about Douglas Laing releases right here.

The Nightcap: 18 May

It’s Friday, which means the weekend is here – and with it we’ve got another edition of The Nightcap! Read on for your handy digest of the week’s biggest booze news, all in one useful place!

It’s Friday, folks! Congratulations on making it through another week. It’s been a busy one in the world of all things sippable, so we suggest you get comfy, pour yourself a dram/G&T/anything else that takes your fancy, and join us as we recall another busy seven days in drinks.
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Categories : Cocktails, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, News, Scotch Whisky, Whisky, Wine
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Douglas Laing: 70 years in whisky!

Douglas Laing Cara Laing

It’s a mega year for Douglas Laing. Not only is it the independent whisky bottler’s 70th anniversary, the family-owned business is also in the process of constructing its very own distillery. We caught up with director of whisky (and third-generation family member) Cara Laing for the very latest developments in a milestone 12 months.

Cara Laing embodies the very definition of whisky enthusiast. We’re tucked away up in the cosy Sample Room at Douglas Laing HQ – all squishy Chesterfield sofas, plush cushions and walls stacked near-floor to ceiling with countless samples, all gleaming like stained glass in the sunshine – when she comes bounding in. Some industry folks (inadvertently, I’d hope) give the impression that they’re simply done with the never-ending roster of inquisitive drinks journalists, nosy, interfering and thirsty with questions. But not Cara. She’s positively beaming.

“I love what I do and I’m very lucky,” she says as we settle down on one such sofa to chat all things Douglas Laing. “I relish coming to the office.”
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Categories : Scotch Whisky
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The Nightcap: 4 May

It’s Friday, it’s cocktail o’clock (here in the UK anyway), so there’s only one thing for it. Bring on this week’s round up of all things booze news: it’s The Nightcap!

Happy Star Wars Day, folks! Yep, somehow it’s May already. But no need to fear, The Nightcap is here, bringing you the biggest and booziest news stories from the last seven days!

But before we get into agave-fuelled business deals, new bottlings and all things baijiu, let’s recap the week that was. We kicked off proceedings on Monday with our latest charity auction: snap up the super-rare The Macallan 40 Year Old Sherry Oak and raise a marvellous chunk of moolah for our nominated charity, Malaria No More UK! On Tuesday, Adam reported back from the launch of The Singleton’s Malt Master’s Selection – a single malt looking to ‘do a Haig Club’ and make whisky accessible to new audiences. Will it be a success? Time will tell.

Then it was time to reveal not just May’s Dram Club contents, but also the results of the epic Battle of the Blends: Challenge No. 3. Who was victorious? Did your favoured blend win? Find out in the post. And finally, we checked in with The Lakes Distillery’s whiskymaker-in-chief, Dhavall Gandhi, who lifted the lid on his liquid experiments. Intriguing…
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Categories : American Whiskey, News, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Whisky
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #18: Dalmore 12 Year Old

There’s only a week left until Christmas. How has that happened?! #WhiskyAdvent is rolling on at an alarming rate, and our Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar is feeling lighter and lighter… This situation calls for a dram.

I don’t know about you – but I’ve sorted out absolutely nothing for Christmas. There’s not a card sent or a present bought yet… heck, the only tree in my flat is my roommate, who’s a good foot taller than a person needs to be.

Still, while I panic my pathetic, (but Christmasy!) predicament, you should be getting stuck into #WhiskyAdvent while you can! I need a miracle – and you guys can enjoy a dram!*

So, how about a taste of what’s behind window #18 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar… It’s only the delicious Dalmore 12 Year Old!

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Categories : Scotch Whisky
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Whisky Advent 2017 Day #10: Scallywag 13 Year Old

We’re at day 10 of #WhiskyAdvent – double digits! Let’s tuck into a tasty blended malt Scotch whisky and pretend we’re completely prepared for the next two weeks…

We stripped things down with the Naked Grouse yesterday, now, on Day #10, we’re continuing with the animal theme. This is, after all, a time of year when animals are seemingly all the rage. Everywhere you turn there are robins, reindeer, the Grinch*, donkeys, turkeys, the Grinch’s dog**… they’re all there.

We’re going to add to that list today, by giving you a puppy! Behind window #10 of Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar is a foxy dram of… Scallywag 13 Year Old!

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Categories : Scotch Whisky
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The world’s best boozy Advent calendars are ready to rock and roll!

Drinks by the Dram’s delicious range of spirits-filled Advent calendars are ready to ship – snap yours up today!

Our friends over at Drinks by the Dram announced details of their bumper range of booze-filled Advent calendars earlier this month. The stash has arrived at MoM Towers, and the heavenly haul is shipping now!

From whisky and gin to rum, Tequila, Cognac, and many, many more, each fabulously festive box is filled to the brim with 24 different wax-sealed drams, one tucked behind each window. There’s literally no tastier way to count down to Christmas!
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Categories : Absinthe, American Whiskey, Armagnac, Cognac, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky, World Whisky
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This is not a drill – spirit-filled Advent Calendars available to pre-order now!

Drinks by the Dram has released its 2017 range of brilliantly boozy Advent Calendars into the wild – pre-order yours now!

Drinks by the Dram has unveiled its bumper range of Advent Calendars for 2017 – and the range is bigger and better than ever. From whisky and gin to Cognac, Tequila and many, many more, every calendar is filled to the brim with 24 different 30ml samples of deliciousness. What’s more, you can pre-order yours right this very moment with but a mere click of the mouse!!

Every calendar contains 24 different wax-sealed drams, one behind each window, collectively adding up to an Advent Calendar of much magnificence. We’ve got The Whisky Advent Calendar, The Ginvent Calendar, The Rum Advent Calendar, The Tequila Advent Calendar, and many more up our sleeves to make sure the Christmas spirit is well and truly flowing this December.
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Categories : Absinthe, American Whiskey, Armagnac, Cognac, Gin, Irish Whiskey, Japanese Whisky, Rum, Scotch Whisky, Tequila, Vodka, Whisky
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Whisky Advent Day 24: 50 Year Old Douglas Laing Grain

Whisky Advent Calendar

Well, here we are. Here we stand, on the very brink of Christmas 2015 – Christmas Eve itself – and the final day of #WhiskyAdvent. Behind window 24 of every Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar is a grain whisky that’s at least 50 years old(!), bottled by the fine folk from Douglas Laing for their excellent Xtra Old Particular range.

Whether you have an exclusive 50 year old Invergordon*, a 50 year old blended grain, a 50 year old Girvan (image below) or, as we’ve received here at MoM Towers, a 53 year old North British (tasting note below), you’ll be able to enjoy some extraordinarily well-aged grain courtesy of Douglas Laing. Many of you let us know how much you enjoyed your Girvan grains on Day 18, so this second grain should cause a fair bit of excitement. These are whiskies that matured for over half a century for goodness sake! Enjoy, and have an absolutely fantastic Christmas one and all!

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Categories : Scotch Whisky, Tasting Notes, Whisky
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Whisky Advent Day 18: Girvan Patent Still Proof Strength

Whisky Advent Calendar

Into the final week of #WhiskyAdvent we go and today it’s time for our first grain whisky from The Whisky Advent Calendar by Drinks by the Dram

Now, most of you will have William Grant & Sons’ Girvan Patent Still Proof Strength. As mentioned on Day 2 though, these advent calendars have been extraordinarily popular this year, with sales surpassing all forecasts! This means that on a small number of days not everybody could have the exact same dram. Everyone does have a Girvan today, but some of you may be enjoying a Girvan 20 Year Old 1993 from Douglas Laing’s Clan Denny range, or indeed a Girvan 21 Year Old 1994 from their Old Particular range (both excellent independent bottlings).

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More Yula 20 Year Old from Douglas Laing Now Available!

Yula 20 Year Old

As this blog goes live, something exciting is happening – we’ve been able to get hold of some more bottles of Yula, and they’re now available to buy! It sold out very quickly last time, so you may not want to waste any more time here on the blog…

Still with us? Right, well we better tell you some more about this exciting release then! Yula is a new blended malt from Douglas Laing. We love a blended malt from these folk, of course, whether it’s Big Peat, Scallwag or Timorous Beastie (the ‘Douglas Laing Force’, as Sam calls them/likes to draw them in paint) or indeed Rock Oyster, made with island malts.

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