Two Limited-Edition Douglas Laing Scotches

The slowest week for whisky releases still brings a couple of new bottles from Douglas Laing & Co., each wrapping up the company’s 70th anniversary celebrations. Big Peat Platinum 26 year old is a cask-strength version of the popular Islay blended malt, coming in at 51.5% ABV and $300 (£175 in the UK). There are 1,100 bottles for the U.S. Meanwhile, Xtra Old Particular Platinum Port Ellen 1982 Vintage was distilled shortly before the distillery closed permanently. It costs just shy of £2,000. Unfortunately, it is not for sale in the U.S.

Read on for full details.

1/12/18: This post was updated to add new information about Big Peat Platinum’s U.S. availability.

Big Peat Platinum 26 Year Old

Style: Blended malt
Origin: Scotland (Islay)
Age: 26 years old
Proof: 51.5% ABV
Price: $300
Release: December 2018
Availability: 3,000 bottles, including 1,100 for the U.S.

Need to know:

A limited-edition version of Douglas Laing’s Big Peat blended malt, this whisky blends malts from a number of Islay distilleries. It’s bottled at cask strength with no coloring or chill-filtration.

Xtra Old Particular Platinum Port Ellen 1982 Vintage

Style: Single malt
Origin: Scotland (Islay)
Age: 36 years old
Proof: 54.5% ABV
Price: £1,950
Release: December 2018
Availability: 273 bottles; not available in the U.S.

Need to know:

Distilled in 1982 at Port Ellen Distillery on Islay—which closed just one year later in 1983—this single malt is bottled at cask strength with no coloring or chill-filtration.

Whisky Advocate says:

These two limited editions are the final special releases celebrating Douglas Laing & Co.’s 70th anniversary in 2018. Unfortunately, like the others—which include a 25 year old Ardbeg single malt and a 40 year old Port Dundas single grain whisky—they are not available in the U.S.

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