Douglas Laing launches Strathearn - their inaugural single malt whisky 

Family-owned independent bottlers, Douglas Laing & Co, has launched their first distilled whisky to the global market – Strathearn Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Published 15th Apr 2024
Updated 15 th Apr 2024

The first release has been bottled from 32 specially selected casks; a combination of ex-Bourbon, Virgin and ex-Sherry oak, some of which were inherited when Douglas Laing acquired the Strathearn Distillery in 2019, and a portion of spirit distilled under Douglas Laing ownership. 

The Strathearn Single Malt has a rich and refined flavour, a reflection of the Douglas Laing style for Strathearn whisky.

Made without automation, and using one of Scotland’s smallest mash tuns, the fermentation process for the liquid is a long 144 hours - allowing for a fruity character. 

This deliberate and slow distilling process produces a single barrel a day, meaning there's a scarcity to the whisky.

This liquid has been bottled in a distinctive and bespoke bottle, with an acorn motif on the glass and stopper.

Douglas Laing Strathearn whisky

Bottled at 50% ABV, the whisky is non chill-filtered and with no added colouring.

Prioritising flavour over alcohol yield, Strathearn uses, exclusively, Maris Otter malt, favouring the deliciously creamy, malty flavour which carries through to the final spirit while still allowing the other flavours to shine. 

Official tasting notes include: the syrupy palate coats the mouth in sweet notes of honey, buttercream, dried apricots with a hint of spice.

The warming finish is reminiscent of home baking and indulgent buttery oat biscuits that invite you back for another sip.

Cara Laing, Managing Director of Douglas Laing & Co, and third generation in the family business said: “This moment has been a long time coming, and one that we are extremely proud to share with the world.

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"As the third generation at the helm of Douglas Laing, I am proud to be leading this move into this exciting new venture of distilling. 

Douglas Laing Strathearn whisky
Picture: Cara Laing

“Our Strathearn Distillery team make a barrel of spirit per shift or, simply speaking, a barrel a day. This may be a drop in the ocean compared to some distilleries, but for Strathearn, it’s a proudly hand-crafted drop that embodies the spirit of the distillery.

“Strathearn is the epitome of quality over quantity. It is a part of our family history, but rest assured this is only the beginning for Douglas Laing Distilling.”

Strathearn Single Malt Scotch Whisky is available at £85 from the Douglas Laing website.

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Strathearn Distillery, Methven, UK
Strathearn Distillery, Methven, UK, PH1 3QX
Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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