From budget whiskies to favorite bottles, Douglas Laing and Compass box put out some really fantastic scotch. They don’t actually distill their own whisky, but they have made an art of collecting others’ whiskies, blending and/or finishing them, and bottling them. This is the same process that many other huge brands have done, but to a lesser quality than these two.
Douglas Laing & Co. Rock Oyster/Island - It was previously called Rock Oyster, but to remarket it, it was renamed Rock Island. This blend of single malt whiskies comes from Arran, Islay, Jura and Orkney. Bottled at 46.8% alcohol. This whisky has some peatiness to it as well as that great brininess that you get from island whiskies from Scotland.
Douglas Laing & Co Timorous Beastie - The whisky in this bottle comes from Dalmore, Glengoyne, Glen Garioch, and Blair Atholl. Bottled at 46.8% as well, and the flavors are married in bourbon casks with a hint of heather honey. Whiskey Advocate has called this one of their “Must Try” whiskies. Both this and the Rock Oyster/Island are on Will’s shelf at home as frequent sippers.
Compass Box Glasgow Blend Great King St (43%) gets its whisky from Abelour, Clynelish, Laphroaig and others. This is a budget whisky, but it carries a lot of flavor coming from whisky finished in sherry butts, French oak, and American oak, then the body is filled out a bit with some a bit of peated Scotch.
Compass Box Story of the Spaniard (43%) brings in whisky from Longmorn, Abelour, Deanston, and Dalmore. These are all highland whiskies and they are then married and finished in both sherry casks and spanish red wine casks. Originally, this whisky came from a blend that Compass box made for a Bar in New York called “The Spaniard” but they took it a step further and made a major release from it.
Tickets are $15