Douglas Laing and Co, the leading independent Scotch Whisky specialists have announced the release of their annual charity bottling – a Braeval 12 Years Old Single Sherry Cask with all profits going to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.
Douglas Laing’s Founder Fred Douglas Laing flew with RAF Coastal Command throughout World War Two making this years charitable bottling particularly poignant and fitting for the family owned Whisky firm.
Only 762 bottles have been released with the label depicting the striking hand-drawn Spitfire LO-Q courtesy of Scottish artist Professor Dugald Cameron, formerly Head of Glasgow School of Art. This very Spitfire featured was flown by Sandy Johnstone of 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron during the Battle of Britain.
Aged for 12 years, bottled at 46.8% alcohol strength and with no chill-filtration, the result is a very special Single Sherry Cask bottling whose tasting notes say it all: Revs up – sweetly citric and butterscotched on the nose – with a palate taking off into macerated fruit, honey, cinnamon and camphor – soaring to a finish of vanilla, barley and biscuits.
Fred Laing is seen handing the first bottle to Bob Kemp of the RAF Benevolent Fund. The launch of the whisky took place at the Kelvingrove Museum under the Spitfire, which features on the label drawn by Scottish artist Professor Dugald Cameron.