McGibbon's Special Reserve. Image courtesy Douglas Laing & Co.  September 24, 2014 – On the eve of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland, Douglas Laing & Co. has revived its classic McGibbon’s Golf Range line of blended Scotch whiskies. The revived range will include two expressions: Special Reserve bottled in a ceramic golf club decanter, and Premium Reserve, which will come in a ceramic golf bag decanter.

The McGibbon’s Range was launched in 1990, and earned Douglas Laing the Queen’s Award for Export Achievement that year. In a news release, managing director and master blender Fred Laing said “we are absolutely delighted to have refreshed and brought back these old favourites. The timing is perfect as the Ryder Cup excitement builds and it is an ideal way of combining two of Scotland’s greatest passions – golf and Scotch Whisky.”

McGibbon's Premium Reserve. Image courtesy Douglas Laing & Co. The Special Reserve’s decanter is modeled on a 3-wood, and the whisky is matured and blended from three different types of casks: first and second-fill ex-Bourbon casks, along with ex-Oloroso Sherry casks. The Premium Reserve’s blend is based on a high percentage of older malts, along with malts from ex-Oloroso casks. Both whiskies are bottled at 43% ABV in 50cl decanters.

The Special Reserve will carry a recommended retail price of £44.99 ($73.50 USD), while the Premium Reserve will be priced at £49.99 ($81.70 USD), and both will be available at UK whisky shops beginning this week.

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