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Founded in 1828, Springbank would later fall into the hands of the Mitchell family, who still own it to this day. Springbank is one of the last Scottish distilleries to carry out all of its production on site, from malting to bottling. Known for the extremely high quality of its sherry-influenced bottlings, a dry period in the 1980s left an indelible mark on Springbank’s stocks. Its style can therefore be easily separated into two periods: the first, with an emphasis on sherry casks, lasts up until to the 1990s, and the second, more centred on bourbon casks, begins just after the turn of the millennium.
Established in Glasgow in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing, the Douglas Lang company has, in recent years, made numerous changes to its structure. Fred Laing’s movement to the head of the company has contributed towards the business’s sound reputation. Known throughout the industry for the quality and variety of its cask selection (Douglas Laing still has casks from the most prestigious distilleries: Glenfarclas, Talisker, Ardbeg, etc.), the company has expanded its already rich range that includes historic selections such as Double Barrel, Premier Barrel and Director’s Cut, with two new collections guaranteed to please connoisseurs: Single Minded and Old Particular.
Director’s Cut is a fairly recent range from Douglas Laing. It was created by the Laing brothers before their separation to bring together a collection of very old, rare single malts and single grains. Bottled at cask strength, without filtering, colouring or dilution, these whiskies represent the bottler’s most meticulous selection procedure and ultimately the personal choice of its director. Hence the name, Director’s Cut.