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First Sherry edition of Timorous Beastie released

Scotch whisky bottler Douglas Laing & Co has released the first Sherry cask-matured edition of its Timorous Beastie blended Scotch whisky – the Timorous Beastie 21 Years Old.

The Timorous Beastie 21 Years Old is a limited release of 2,718 bottles, with an RRP of £90

Coming soon after the limited edition release of Timorous Beastie 40 Years Old – the oldest age statement incarnation of the Timorous Beastie label to date – the 21 Years Old is another limited edition, with just 2,718 bottles made.

The 21 Years Old is a Highland Blended Malt Scotch with a strong Sherry influence, displaying “sweet barley, honey and spices, with new and explosive dimensions delivered by the long maturation and the Sherry casks” according to the company, which adds that the whisky carries “layer upon layer of raisins, crunched demerara sugar and soft, macerated dark fruits”.

In the line with Douglas Laing’s commitment to bottling Scotch “as natural as it gets”, the limited edition whisky, which is presented in a deep purple and gold foiled gift tube, is bottled without colouring or chill-filtration, and an ABV of 46.8%.

The Timorous Beastie range is the Highland answer to Douglas Laing’s ‘Remarkable Regional Malts’ – a range of five ‘Vatted’ Malts that aims to deliver the “ultimate distillation” of its respective regions.

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A blend of Highland single malts from Dalmore, Glengoyne, Glen Garioch and Blair Athol distilleries, the original Timorous Beastie launched in 2014 and continues to enjoy strong growth in key global markets.

Chris Leggat, commercial director at Douglas Laing & Co, said: “Hot on the heels of Timorous Beastie 40 Years Old, we’re proud to reveal Timorous Beastie Sherry Edition, an incredibly rich and fruity dram that shows great maturity and complexity in ode to its 21 long years of maturation – the Ultimate Sherried Malt!”

Timorous Beastie 21 Years Old Sherry Edition is available at specialist retailers globally from November 2016 and carries an RRP of £90.

Established almost 70 years ago, Douglas Laing & Co specialises in single-cask single malts and small-batch malt blended Scotch whiskies. The company was founded by Fred Douglas Laing in 1948 and is still owned and run by the Laing family – Fred Laing Jr and his daughter Cara Laing.

The company bottles all of its whiskies at a high strength and without chill-filtering, aiming to present the liquid “as the distiller intended”.

The Douglas Laing ‘Remarkable Regional Malts’ brand encompasses The Epicurean (Lowlands), Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), Rock Oyster (Islands), and Big Peat from Islay.

The company also produces an ‘Exceptional Single Casks’ range, which includes the recently rebranded Provenance, as well as the firm’s flagship Old Particular and Xtra Old Particular, described by Douglas Laing as the “family jewels”.

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