A particularly strong hand

Grand finale in whisky firm’s series of bottlings unveiled

The 13 year old Mortlach Ace of Spades is the final in a four-part series of bottlings

INDEPENDENT whisky bottler Douglas Laing & Co recently played its ace with the release of the finale in its Consortium of Cards series.

Mortlach 13 Year Old Ace of Spades, which is the fourth and final planned release within the Old Particular Consortium of Cards series, is bottled at 50% ABV and is non-coloured and non-chill filtered.

Limited to just 521 bottles globally, the expression is finished in a single Pedro Ximenez sherry butt cask, with tasting notes for the 13 year old malt comprising cinnamon, macerated plums, a burst of rich fruits and a chocolate orange finish.

Fred Laing, managing director of the family firm, said the decision to finish the 13 year old Ace of Spades in a Pedro Ximenez butt “has certainly paid dividends, with the resulting spirit showing incredible depth, plus a rich and indulgent character”.

Our Old Particular series has allowed us to highlight and celebrate casks from our vaults.

“Our Old Particular Consortium of Cards series has allowed us to highlight and celebrate some particularly tempting casks from our family vaults throughout this year,” he said.

“We’re thrilled to show our ‘ace card’ to see off 2017.”

The Ace of Spades release comes after the launch of the Queen of the Hebrides Laphroaig 18 year old in February; the King of the Hills Ben Nevis 20 year old in May; and the penultimate Crackerjack 28 year old single cask in August of this year.