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Located in the heart of Speyside, Tamdhu was founded in 1897 by a consortium bringing together William Grant and various other blenders for the production of a whisky destined for use in blends. Now the property of the Scottish group Edrington, its malt is still found at the heart of renowned blends such as Famous Grouse. Highly exclusive, it does offer a classic bottling of its single malt, aged in bourbon casks and with no age statement. The independent bottlings released by Signatory Vintage and Gordon & MacPhail are predominately matured in sherry casks, which reveal the strong personality and potential of this little known malt.
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.
Launched in 1998, the Old Malt Cask range, consisting of 50 casks, was bottled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this family-run business. Today more than a hundred releases are permanently available. Most of these are single casks that have been bottled without colouring or filtering and contain 50% ABV; they are considered to be the ‘golden strength’ by purists. In addition to the traditional releases at 50% ABV, there are some cask strength bottlings, created especially for La Maison du Whisky.