Douglas Laing & Co has announced the acquisition of Strathearn Distillery.

The independent and family-run Scotch Whisky firm, established in 1948, is a blender and bottler of small batch, hand-crafted single cask and blended malt Scotch whiskies. The acquisition marks the first distillery in the Douglas Laing portfolio, although plans for the firm’s distillery project in Glasgow continue to progress.

Strathearn Distillery, which is based in Perthshire, began production in 2013, and is said to have been a pioneer in the craft distilling scene. The site encompasses distillation, warehousing and bottling.

Cara Laing, keeper of the Quaich and director of whisky for Douglas Laing, said: “Today marks a proud and historic landmark for Douglas Laing. For its first seven decades in the wonderful world of whisky, our family firm has been renowned amongst the finest independent bottlers, celebrated for our remarkable regional malts and exceptional single casks brands. 2019, our 71st year in business, is the year we take a monumental leap, adding ‘distiller’ to our credentials and beginning a new chapter in our journey.”

Chris Leggat, chief executive, said: “Strathearn is a wonderful addition to our portfolio. The distillery’s handcrafted and premium approach to single malt scotch whisky production is entirely aligned with our own values, with no attention to detail spared.

“The acquisition comes at a time when Douglas Laing & Co is truly thriving. We are particularly proud to report double digit growth for a 5th consecutive year, plus 9 new recruits to our team and several new markets opened recently for our core brands. Douglas Laing’s Strathearn Distillery allows us opportunity to now invest further in our team, whilst becoming masters of our own destiny in terms of Scotch whisky distillation.”

The existing gin and rum brands from Strathearn will continue to be available with ownership moving to a newly-established company, The Whisky Garden.