Starting work with his father as a young man, company founder Stewart H. Laing has spent almost fifty years in the industry – first as a blender, and latterly also as a bottler of some of the finest single cask scotch whiskies in the market. Stewart learned the whisky industry the hard way – working as an apprentice at Bruichladdich distillery on Islay before joining his father in the export business. Accompanying his father Frederick until his death in 1982, Stewart travelled the world selling the company’s brands – blends which were frequently best-sellers in the company’s main markets of Asia and South America. In order to create those whiskies, Frederick purchased and laid down many hundreds of casks from distilleries all over Scotland – many of which, sadly, have long since closed. These casks however are still with us, and it is due to Frederick Laing’s foresight that we are still able to taste these exceptional whiskies.
Today, Stewart is joined by his sons Scott and Andrew at Hunter Laing. As single cask bottlers in their own right, they know the importance of selecting the choicest casks – there are few more knowledgeable consumers of a product than the single malt consumer. It is their goal that in the years ahead Hunter Laing & Co. Ltd will continue to be regarded as one of the most respected and trusted names in the Scotch whisky market.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, islanders referred to their locally made distillates as Kill Devil. Whilst today many of the old superstitions have gone, the Caribbean is still the source of many exotic rums. The Kill Devil series showcases the quality and diversity of rum from the Caribbean and further afield – single casks are specially selected for shipment to Scotland, to be carefully and traditionally bottled by hand. The single cask bottlings are presented in gift tubes and the rums are bottled at 46% or cask strength, not chill-filtered and without colouring; applying the Single Malt Scotch Whisky philosophy to the wild world of rums.