A few weeks ago Douglas Laing has added ‘The Gauldrons’ to its Remarkable Regional Malts series. If you’re wondering about the name – it literally means ‘bay of storms’. As you well know the R.Regional malts already contains malts from Islay (big Peat) , Lowlands (The Epicurean) , Islands (Rock Oyster), Speyside (Scallyawag) and Highlands (Timorous Beastie), so a Campbeltown malts expressions was only a matter of time.
The Gauldrons is inspired by the eponymous dark sandy coves on Campbeltown’s west shores and literally means “bay of storms”. It was here King Robert the Bruce, having been defeated by his enemies, was encouraged, whilst watching a spider building his web with great patience but great difficulty, to try, try and try again. It is this ancient legend which is reflected in The Gauldrons packaging which features an intricate spider illustration.
As for contents: as we well know, there are only 3 operating distilleries in CT these days, One of which ‘Glengyle’ operates only a few weeks per year, so It’s most likely this blended malt should have some Springbank and Glen Scotia, and by the looks of it, More Glen Scotia (notes to follow). At any rate, this is an interesting addition to the range bottled at 46.2%. There were only so many bottles, at around £50 , I believe most are sold out, but some shops (TWE) still have some.