Whisky acquisition

Douglas Laing moves into distilling with Strathearn deal

Brands joining the Laing portfolio

Independent whisky bottler Douglas Laing & Co has made its first move into distilling with the acquisition of single malt producer Strathearn Distillery.

Douglas Laing director of whisky, Cara Laing, said that buying Perthshire-based Strathearn means that in its 71st year the company takes a monumental leap by adding “distiller” to its credentials. Terms of the deal were not disclosed

Chris Leggat, CEO of Douglas Laing, which is building a £10.7 million distillery in Glasgow, added: “Strathearn is a wonderful addition to our portfolio. The distillery’s handcrafted and premium approach to single malt Scotch whisky production is entirely aligned with our own values, with no attention to detail spared.

“The acquisition comes at a time when Douglas Laing & Co is truly thriving. We are particularly proud to report double-digit growth for a fifth consecutive year, plus nine new recruits to our team and several new markets opened recently for our core brands.

“Douglas Laing’s Strathearn Distillery allows us opportunity to now invest further in our team, whilst becoming masters of our own destiny in terms of Scotch whisky distillation.”

Established in 1948, Douglas Laing’s portfolio includes brands such as Xtra Old Particular (XOP), Old Particular, Timorous Beastie, Scallywag, Rock Oyster, Big Peat and The King of Scots.

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