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The Gauldrons

(70cl, 46.2%)

The Gauldrons

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The Gauldrons Bottling Note

Douglas Laing has added to its Remarkable Regional Malts series with the launch of a special edition, The Gauldrons, which literally means 'bay of storms'. This adds to a line that already features Big Peat from Islay, The Epicurean from the Lowlands, Rock Oyster from the country's islands, Scallywag from Speyside and Timorous Beastie from the Highlands.

Its name is a reference to the “dark sandy coves” in Campbeltown, and, according to legend, it was here that Robert the Bruce (King of Scotland from 1306-1329), witnessed a plucky spider attempt to build a web over and over again, which he took as inspiration to keep fighting. An intricate golden spider’s web on the packaging demonstrates the importance of that ode to this brand.

Douglas Laing have maintained a strong sense of tradition throughout, it would seem. The Gauldrons blended malt is produced in small batches and bottled at 46.2% ABV, without colouring or chill filtration. Each batch is numbered in order to compare future bottlings to gauge how this interesting new line develops in the casks over time.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Sweet cereals, with a note of iodine and sweet spices.

Palate: It's slightly coastal, with smooth peat and gentle wood spice. A touch of salted caramel is there, as is a little brown sugar and smokey barley.

Finish: Medium finish, with notes of vanilla, robust peat and sea salt.

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Gauldrons Reviews

More please.

What a deliciously delectable delight! I don’t know my Campbeltown whiskies well but I do know this is a well balanced, refined Malt with a sweet, home baking character that develops to salted caramel and dried seaweed. Love the salty sweet style.

8th October 2020

My Autumnal Favourite

The Gauldrons is a great dram representing the very best of the much sought after Campbeltown malts.

6th October 2020

Unique and Wonderful

One of the most wonderful and unique noses and flavours I have had on a Malt, Really biscuity and creamy then opens completely on the palate giving you delicate salt and smoke. Excellent dram!

6th October 2020

A Campbeltown cracker!

Ever so slightly peated with a tad of sea salt and a biscuity finish. I loved it!

5th October 2020

Very good and stands out

peppery taste really sharp and distinctive could be from the light Cambeltown peat. As mention before great depth of flavour

26th September 2020


This is one really rich and full some Malt. You can’t help but be impressed by the mix of flavours - barley, biscuit, salted caramel... - and the depth. It’s wonderfully high strength and without chill filtering. It’s just sublime.

13th September 2020


Excellently delicious and delectable! More please!

1st October 2018

Would make this a staple

This here, is something else from Douglas Laing. I tried the Scallywag right before trying Gauldron at a local whisky store, and I was so impressed that I bought a bottle (last one from batch #1) straight away. I need a second dive on the nose but the taste, right amount of spiciness and complexities to make me go "woah.. i like this." Finish was smooth and long with candy crackles aftertaste.

9th September 2018

Tasty treat.

This is an interesting complex scotch, the salt is right there on the tip of your tongue, then the caramel finally a little peat. Overall it is like a very dark chocolate salted caramel with a nice finish.

9th August 2018

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