Whisky blender and bottler Douglas Laing & Co has announced a new addition to its Remarkable Regional Malts series – with Campbeltown being the locale in focus for this release.
The Gauldrons is inspired by the dark coves of the same name on Campbeltown’s west coast, that name translating literally to ‘bay of storms’.
And while it’s nearly Halloween, the spider webs featured on the new spirit’s packaging aren’t there to be spooky.
They are in fact a nod to the ancient legend in which King Robert the Bruce sat in a cave – allegedly one of The Gauldrons caves from which the whisky takes its name – and watched a spider build its web with great difficulty and perseverance, spurring him on to return and defeat his enemies.
The ‘vatted’ malt is being produced in very small batches, and is the latest of six Remarkable Regional blends from Douglas Laing. It is bottled without colouring or chill filtration, with each bottle numbered for easy comparison with later releases.
‘We are delighted to add to our Remarkable Regional Malt family with this Campbeltown member, particularly as this region was once Scotland’s whisky capital,’ said Fred Laing, Douglas Laing’s managing director.
‘The Gauldrons has seen us carefully marry together some of our best, and indeed rarest, casks of Campbeltown single malt.’
Expect dry saltiness on the nose with a cereal character and gentle peat smoke on the end. The dry, ’archetypal maritime tang’ on the palate gives way to crunched sugar, barley and oak with warm spice too on the finish, so they say.
Other blends in the series, which aims to be the ‘ultimate distillation of Scotland’s malt whisky regions’, includes The Epicurean from the Lowlands, Timorous Beastie (Highlands), Scallywag (Speyside), Rock Oyster (the Islands) and Big Peat (Islay).
46.2% abv, £50/70cl, available at specialist retailers