New in the Wood Series: The Epicurean with Cognac Finish (News)

Douglas Laing's The Epicurean from Remarkable Regional Malts (Single Cask Blended Malt Scotch Lowlands Whisky News)

Last year, Douglas Laing surprised the fans of its signature Lowlands malt, The Epicurean, with a limited edition finished in a single Côte-Rôtie wine cask. Today, the Glasgow-based company announced the follow-up to this sought-after expression, which sold out swiftly back in its day: part two of The Epicurean’s experimental “Wood Series” was drawn from two cognac-seasoned single casks. Each batch is limited to 400 bottles and comes without coloring or chill filtration. The whisky will go on sale at specialist shops and mailorders soon for the suggested retail price of GBP 59.99.

Douglas Laing’s Director of Whisky, Cara Laing, explains the idea behind the “Wood Series” as follows: “We continue to seek to open up the world of Scotch whisky to new audiences and offer innovative experiences – our Epicurean malt is best placed to do this. The core expression is fresh and zesty yet very light in style, accordingly the spirit lends itself exceptionally well to experimentation – be that in cocktails, or indeed with unique cask finishes, such as this latest release.” The company’s Managing Director, Chris Leggat, adds that “the casks selected for this experiment were the perfect representations of a 5-star cognac cask [thus leading to] a rather exciting – certainly distinguished – addition to the family.”

The official tasting notes speak of an “overriding tropical style with lychee, fiery ginger, sandalwood and coconut as a result of the finishing in two specially selected French cognac casks”.

by Tobi

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