Douglas Laing & Co has expanded its Xtra Old Particular (XOP) single cask portfolio with the addition of XOP The Black Series Springbank Vintage 1994 variant.

With 47.7% alcohol-by-volume (ABV), the beverage is said to have been matured in an ex-Sherry hogshead.

The resulting product has a dark fruit taste,  with a hint of smoke, leather and chocolate.

The bottles are packaged in a black-and-white case decorated with gold foil. The bottle features an embossed metallic label, a glass stopper and a certificate of authenticity.

Each bottle is claimed to have been individually numbered and carries the signatures of Fred and Cara Laing.

Douglas Laing whisky director Cara Laing said: “This Springbank ‘black beauty’ is an extraordinary encapsulation of everything our family business proudly represents: quality, luxury and the utmost attention to detail.

“The maiden release in this new single cask series certainly sets an exceptionally high benchmark for future bottlings and we are poised to rise to the challenge.”

The 1994 Springbank single cask Scotch whisky is the first release under The Black Series banner. It is priced at a recommended retail price (RRP) of £800 ($1,014).

Douglas Laing noted that 1994 Springbank is a limited-edition variant, and the company is releasing 148 bottles across European and Asian markets.

Last June, Douglas Laing unveiled Scotch whiskey 2nd Xtra Old Particular as part of its 70th-anniversary celebrations. This release was a 40-year-old single grain, single cask whiskey from the Port Dundas Distillery in Glasgow.