Douglas Laing / The Gauldrons.

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Douglas Laing / The Gauldrons.

COUNTRY/REGION: Scotland/Islay.

UNIT: 1 x 70cl

CATEGORY: Blended Malt.


BOTTLER: Douglas Laing.




STRENGTH: 46.2% Vol.

The Gauldrons, which represents the sixth region in the Regional Malt range, takes its name from the “dark sandy coves” in Campbeltown.

According to legend, it was in this spot that Robert the Bruce, who was King of Scotland from 1306-1329, saw a spider attempt to build a web over and over again and was inspired to continue fighting. The story is represented on the packaging, which features an intricate spider’s web.

In keeping with Douglas Laing tradition, the ‘vatted’ malt is produced in small batches and without colouring or chill filtration.

According to the company, each batch will be numbered so future bottlings can be compared to earlier ones to see how they develop in the casks over time.

“The Gauldrons has seen us carefully marry together some of our best, and indeed rarest, casks of Campbeltown single malt,” said Fred Laing, managing director of Douglas Laing.

“The resulting spirit is a unique combination of salt and sweet – the archetypal maritime tang balanced perfectly by a sugary, cereal character.”

TASTING NOTES: On the nose detect a dry saltiness with sweet cereal and a late hint of gentle peat smoke. The palate is initially dry (beachy and maritime) warming to crunched sugar, barley and oak. The warmingly spiced finish brings puffs of smoke and rock pools with a dark sugar sweetness.