Douglas Laing Tasting with Fred Laing

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Fred Laing doing his thing.

Sorry about the delay since my last post. I was on holiday in Italy but am back and well rested. Very shortly before I left, to the point that I didn’t have time to write this up, I was invited to a very special tasting event. I recently posted about and evening that our whisky club, MMI had in conjunction with Sipil, a local importer and online retailer, who have recently begun to import Douglas Laing products to Israel, currently the only independent bottler on the market.

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Malt Mongers Israel Douglas Laing Evening

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Our whisky club, Malt Mongers Israel, usually takes a break in August, but we had a special ad hoc meeting this month and with good reason. Independent bottlings are making a return to our shelves! Sipil, a local online store and importer which is very familiar to all the hardcore whisky geeks here, has begun importing Douglas Laing’s range.

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Glenlivet 12 – Old Bottling

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One thing that always intrigues me is how whisky that’s currently available tasted in previous decades. To that end I sometimes trawl local second hand markets. Unfortunately with the current whisky boom a lot of people want to sell these things at obscene prices because they see some collectable malt from the same era going for insane amounts on auction.

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Glen Moray 1994 Berry’s Best

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Glen Moray is a distillery often overlooked, and this is in fact the first one I’ve ever taken notes for. This one is a bottling by independent bottler Berry Bros & Rudd for the 60th anniversary of the French Whisky Shop/Distributor, La Maison du Whisky(LMDW). It was part of an evening out whisky club, Malt Mongers Israel, did with a number of LMDW exclusive bottlings.

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Imperial 1995 Signatory Vintage

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Imperial is a distillery that I only discovered recently, which is a pity because it was mothballed in the late 90’s and demolished in 2005, so it is no more. What’s nice is that it never developed such a cult following like Brora (drool) or Port Ellen, so there are still affordable bottles floating around.

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SMWS 37.38 Perfumed Elegance – Cragganmore 1999

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Now and then I’m lucky enough to get hold of a sample of some of the stuff that the Scotch Malt Whisky Society puts out. They buy and bottle casks for their members and have something of an eye for good stuff. This one was distilled at Cragganmore, one of Diageo’s classic malts from the Speyside region, of which I’m quite a fan.

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