Robert Burns inspires new Scotch whisky

11 September, 2014

Scotch whisky producer Douglas Laing and Co has taken inspiration from poet Robert Burns for a new Highland malt called Timorous Beastie.

The name comes from Burns’ fabled poem To a Mouse, featuring a timid field mouse, but the producer promises the 46.8% whisky will not be for the faint of heart.

The small-batch whisky uses Dalmore, Glengoyne and Glen Garioch malts and is said to display “a charming sweet, heather honey and Highland character”.

Fred Laing, managing director and master blender, said: “What we have within the heart of our Timorous Beastie vatted malt is a selection of great Highland Malts on their own.

“Together they combine brilliantly – with some punchy packaging – to complete a triumphant trio of regional malts which now covers Islay with Big Peat, Speyside with Scallywag and the Highlands with Timorous Beastie.” 




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