Elegant Scotch whiskies from the Scottish Highlands
A distiller following in his father’s footsteps
Stewart Hunter Laing
The Origin Story
A family business
Hunter Laing’s story begins in 1949, when Stewart Laing’s father, Frederick, founded a whisky blending business in Glasgow. Stewart himself joined the company in 1964. Over the years, he learned every nook and cranny of the whisky industry. After the craft whisky boom of the 80s and 90s, the company realised it was time to grow – and Stewart was prepared.
Stewart works with distilleries all over Scotland, to create whiskies that will go into his final blends. He sources his casks from Spain and the US as well as Scotland, finding high quality ex-bourbon and sherry barrels that can be used to age his whiskies. Scotland’s cool, damp climate lends itself well to the ageing process, which occurs either at the filling distilleries or in Hunter Laing’s Glasgow warehouses.
The tasting panel
When the time comes to create a whisky, the Hunter Laing tasting panel meets up. On the panel are: Stewart, Master Blender Tom Aitken, and Stewart’s sons Andrew and Scott. They review samples of casks which have been kept aside, and judge whether any of them are worthy of single-cask bottlings. Sometimes the whisky will be re-racked into a different type of cask, or sometimes left to mature a little longer.
The secret sauce
The job of the Master Blender
Generations of knowledge
All of Stewart’s years in the whisky industry have given him a particular kind of insight. The depth of his knowledge is unrivalled, and his sons are also learning all they can from him, in order to take over the business in their turn. Hunter Laing’s whiskies are sophisticated, stylish spirits, emerging from the work of generations.