Douglas Laing & Co. has launched a White Port Cask Finished Lowland Malt Scotch Whisky as part of its Epicurean Wood Series. The new expression is the sixth single cask release in the range, which already boasts a Ruby Port Finish and a Rivesaltes Finish, among others.
To create the Epicurean White Port Cask Finished whisky, the brand first matured its Scotch in American Oak before being re-racked into a hand-selected White Port Single Cask for a second maturation period of more than a year. The White Port cask originates from the Douro Valley in northern Portugal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world.
“Our Epicurean brand is characterised by his own effervescent, adventurous personality, and the spirit within is the ultimate distillation of Scotland’s Lowland region, representing the archetypally fresh, vibrant flavour profile of the Malt Whiskies distilled there,” said Jenny Rogerson, head of marketing at Douglas Laing. “It’s these two factors – the versatile Malt Whisky and our Lowland gent’s innovative brand values – that lend themselves particularly well to this Limited Edition Wood Series, which seeks to compare and contrast a cross-section of fascinating finishes.”
The distiller describes the Scotch as “quite fruity and packed with fresh, zesty charm, balanced with a delicious sugary sweetness.” On the nose, the whisky offers honeyed citrus, fresh oak, and wood oil, with a touch of zest and soft vanilla. The palate features berries and red fruits, a touch of spicy anise and ginger, hints of zesty lemon balm, and waxy oak. The finish lingers with spice and dark, jammy fruit with buttery malt and more peppery zest.
The Epicurean White Port Finish Limited Edition is priced at £60 and can be found via specialist retailers in the UK.
For more information, head over to Douglas Laing’s official website.