Speyburn 2007 10 Year Old (cask 11641) - Provenance (Douglas Laing) (70cl, 46%)

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Speyburn 2007 10 Year Old (cask 11641) - Provenance (Douglas Laing) (70cl, 46%)

This 2007 vintage Speyburn is from Douglas Laing's Provenance range bottled in 2017. The range is all small batch bottlings and generally at a healthy 46% ABV. As usual with Douglas Laing's whiskies, they are un-chill filtered.

This is a 10 year old Speyburn single malt, aged in a refill hogshead and bottled by Douglas Laing for their Provenance range with an outturn of 359 bottles.

Speyburn distillery was built by John Hopkin & Co at the end of the 19th century, eventually passing into the hands of DCL (now Diageo) in 1916. With the exception of a 4 year silence in the 1930s, they operated the distillery until 1991 when it was sold to current owners, Inver House. Aside from the short-lived and rare Flora & Fauna release, there are no distillery bottlings of its single malt from the United Distillers era or earlier, and it was not until Inver House acquired it that its single malt brand was launched. Even with its increased presence through its single malt brand, and the independent releases like this that have appeared over the years, it is still something of a rarity.

Douglas Laing & Co was established in 1948 by Fred Douglas Laing, affectionately known as “FDL.” The company started out as a blending business, but over time their focus shifted towards independently bottlings single malts. Fred died in 1982, leaving the business to his two sons, Stewart and Fred Jr, who eventually carved it up in 2013, with Stewart leaving to establish Hunter Laing. Fred Jr and his daughter Cara now run Douglas Laing, which continues to bottle single malt and has also revived its blending business. Additionally, the company has recently moved into distilling as well, announcing plans to construct the new Clutha distillery in Glasgow, and taking over Strathearn in Perthshire in 2019.

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