Wednesday, June 08, 2022


Scotch whisky specialist Douglas Laing & Co, has today announced the launch of a new Rock Island bottling.

Rock Island Mezcal Cask Edition (46.8% ABV) is a blended malt Scotch whisky, comprised of single cask whiskies from the islands of Orkney, Arran, Jura and Islay, which was finished in ex-Mezcal casks.

Rock Island Mezcal Cask Edition

Rock Island Mezcal Cask Edition, is said to deliver notes including Scottish sea salt, roasted Mexican agave, tangy gooseberries, barley and barbecued meats.

Commenting on the launch, Rebecca Fennell, Douglas Laing & Co, Brand Manager, said: “In 2019, an amendment to the Scotch Whisky Technical File was published, and for the first time ever, casks which had previously held Mezcal were permitted for the maturation of Scotch whisky. Rock Island has a naturally smoky character, so for us, it was a fascinating experiment to subject the classic American Oak-aged recipe to a secondary maturation in these exotic casks. The resulting spirit has exceeded all of our expectations – it’s retained that archetypal Scottish sea salt and honeycomb quality, yet taken on an unmistakable roasted agave note, running to a signature lightly smoked finish.”

Limited to 1,500 bottles, Rock Island Mezcal Cask Edition, will be available later this month from specialist retailers, for a RRP of £60.00.

Posted by Steve Rush