Douglas Laing's exceptionally laudable upbeat Cheers to Better Days miniseries continues with this 2009 Benrinnes, a single refill hogshead (yum) bottled as a 12-year-old under the Old Particular label.
This refill hoggie 12-year-old Benrinnes will be a fascinating dram for anyone who's only tried the sherried Flora & Fauna edition, and with its hopeful message this Cheers to Better Days dram would be the perfect place to start exploring the unsherried side of Benrinnes.
Douglas Laing are well known for bottling excellent single casks in their Old Particular range and for producing Big Peat, a best selling Islay blended malt, and with this special release they have combined the two. This is a single cask from an un-named Islay distillery, but it's a good bet that it's a distillery that contributes to Big Peat's blended malt. It's been drawn from a re-fill sherry butt, where it slumbered for 15 years, then bottled at a hearty 48.4% with no added colour and no chill filtration. Expect smoky BBQ, espresso and sweet cereal notes from this mysterious dram.
How splendid, a refill sherry butt of Bowmore with a good amount of ageing on it - look at that lovely colour. This particular butt was from the 2002 vintage and was bottled by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular series at the back end of 2020 (see what I did there).
Even at Douglas Laing's preferred drinking strength of 48.4% this 18 year old refill sherry cask gave up just 284 bottles and we'd be surprised if our share doesn't sell out pretty sharpish. A no-brainer.
54.5% ABV. Charged from an ex-bourbon barrel. 201 bottles. Distilled May 2005. Bottled February 2021.
“Cheers to Better Days” is a new 'mini-series' from the Laings that includes a limited edition Jura, Port Dundas, Linkwood and this Bunnahabhain, each from just one single cask. The family firm says the series has been bottled in recognition of a brighter future ahead. All four editions are noted to be bursting with Summer time character, and visually led by an orange label featuring a bespoke, hand-drawn illustration intended to signify “joy, warmth, health and success.”
Bottled at a punchy alcohol strength of 48.4% and proudly offered without colouring or chill-filtration, the Bunnah' is said to balance “a melody of zesty citrus juices and sweet spices.”
Cara Laing, Douglas Laing’s Director of Whisky, further commented: “The light at the end of the tunnel, that we are all so desperately craving, has been truly and beautifully represented by this mini-series."
Single grain Scotch from the Cameronbridge distillery, matured for 30 years in a single refill hogshead between October 1991 and May 2022. Bottled up at 30 years old, this expression joins the Old Particular series from independent bottler Douglas Laing, with a release of 168 bottles.
Independently bottled single malt from Craigellachie, released for the Old Particular range. This one was aged in a refill hogshead for 14 years - from July 2005 until November 2019 - and was then bottled up by the folks from Douglas Laing. 298 bottles were released.
A grand old Girvan single grain, independently bottled for the Old Particular range by Douglas Laing! This one was aged for 30 years, from December 1989 to March 2021, in a single cask. Following that, the whisky was bottled up at 51.5% ABV, with an outturn of only 204 bottles.
12 year old single malt distilled by the brilliant Glen Moray, and aged in a refill hogshead cask from June 2008 to August 2020. After that dozen-year-long slumber, Douglas Laing came along and bottled it up for the Old Particular range, with an outturn of 354 bottles.
A sherry puncheon of Glenallachie 2005 bottled at 15 years old by Douglas Laing for their Old Particular series at a good drinking strength of 48.4%. Lovely colour on this whisky, and Douglas Laing know how to pick a good cask, so this is unlikely to hang around.
Puncheons are broad, dumpy casks associated with rum and sherry, and can be absolutely enormous - up to 700 litres - but this one has sadly only yielded 193 bottles, so you'd best be quick about it if you want one.
Looking for a particularly tasty whisky? How about an Old Particular?! This is a 12 year old Glenburgie single malt, bottled by the ever brilliant Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. It began life in February 2007 and was aged in a refill hogshead for a dozen years, before being bottled up in November 2019 with an outturn of 365 bottles.
A 12 year old Glengoyne, independently bottled by those wonderful folks over at Douglas Laing! This was distilled in August 2005 and left to age in a hogshead cask for a dozen years until it was bottled in September 2017 with an outturn of 351 bottles.
12 year old single malt from the marvellous Macduff Distillery, independently bottled up by Douglas Laing for the Old Particular range. This expression was aged in a refill hogshead for a dozen years, from June 2009 to September 2021, before being bottled at 48.4% ABV with an outturn of only 327 bottles – each one featuring the rather optimistic phrase "Cheers to better days" on the label.
One of only 305 bottles - charged from a PX Sherry Butt - REF - DL15193.
This 2006 Caol Ila is a single cask bottling for Douglas Laing's 'The Midnight Series' Old Particular range of whisky.
Distilled June 2005.
Bottled September 2021.
Cask No DL15193.