Fred and Stewart Laing have been leading the whisky company Douglas Laing & Co. for 40 years and have now decided to go their own way. Fred will remain in charge of Douglas Laing but Stewart will be starting a new project: Hunter Laing & Co. The separation isn’t due to fights or disagreements but simply to provide a more secure future for the next generations in their whisky family.
This means that Stewart will take over some brands to his new business like the Old Malt Cask, the Old & Rare Selection, House of Peers and Sovereign Single Grain. The bottling company of the family in East Kilbride will also be part of Hunter Laing. He chose Glasgow as a home base. He will concentrate on reinforcing the position of the brands in his possession, as well as developing some new products.
Douglas Lang will still produce their Single Cask Provenance and brands like Director’s Cut, Double Barrel, Premier Barrel, McGibbon’s and Big Peat under the leadership of Fred.
These aren’t the only developments in the family Laing. Fred’s daughter Cara will join her father at Laing & Co as chief of marketing after working at Morrison Bowmore Distillers for years. Stewart’s sons Andrew and Scott are also prepared to help their father. They gained experience in the whisky industry at Edition Spirits Ltd., an independent bottler.
According to the brothers, Scottish whisky is more popular than ever and now is the time to diversify the product and create new ones for the next generation.