A Very Special Set of Three XOP

littlemill 25 XOPI love being a Douglas Laing Fellow, an honorary ambassador for them and always chatting about their whiskies whenever i get the chance, and thats something i do because i love their whiskies.

But part of being a Fellow, and a good part of it, is that i get sent the occasional sample from them that isnt normally available or that just utterly blows your mind and thats whats happened this time, with a pack of six drams.

I've decided to split these and review in 2 sets of 3, with the North British 55, Littlemill 25 and Glen Garioch 26 first and coming soon will be another set of 3 with Macallan 40, Springbank 21 and Laphroaig 30 in there.

This was also perfect timing and the Littlemill features as the 1500th review featured on this site, not a bad accolade that, is it.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official sample as part of my Douglas Laing Fellows pack.


Glen Garioch 26yr 1991 XOP (Douglas Laing)

Glen Garioch 26yr 1991 XOP (Douglas Laing) When this set of XOP drams arrived from Douglas Laing i judged this one to be the poor cousin of the rest, the others included a very old North British, a Littlemill, an Old Macallan, an Old Laphroaig and a 21 year old Springbank, but this Glen Garioch stands up to them all.

Umami, savoury, complex and filled with fruit also, there is definitely nothing shy about this dram and it can certainly compete with the big boys in this set of drams, something that took me aback a little, but then it does have the XOP label so i should have known it was going to be good, very good.

Sold out at Master of Malt and everywhere i have looked but it may pop up somewhere.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official sample as part of my Douglas Laing Fellows pack.

 

Sweet syrup from a can of fruit salad, crushed mixed nuts with the skins still there, touch of soy sauce with sour saltyness, a touch of umami and acetone hiding in the background

A tin of KP mixed nuts, slightly salty and tangy, that sweet fruit syrup is still in there, umami savoury notes with a touch of supermarket spice aisle

Growing and growing menthol and eucalyptus almost clears out my system

Bottle Name: Glen Garioch 26yr 1991 XOP (Douglas Laing)
Age: 26
ABV: 55.60
Distiller: Glen Garioch
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Highland


Littlemill 25yr 1991 XOP (Douglas Laing)

Littlemill 25yr 1991 XOP (Douglas Laing) When I started this blog in it's initial form was back in the very early days of 2012 (i actually did a couple on the last few days of 2011 also), i never thought i'd see the day when i had reviewed 1500 products, but that day has arrived.

This is the 1500th review on this site, from a mix of whisky, rum, gin, cider, beer, tequila and other fab drinks, so i wanted it to be something special. I could have went for something from my birth year or maybe even something really old, but this Closed Lowland distillery from my favourite independent bottler seemed like a good choice to make.

Soft gentle, malty, honeycomb, bitter fruits, this has them all and it just gets better and better as it sits in the glass and opens up to the air. If you got a bottle of this you are in for a treat.

in 2011/2012 i never thought i'd get to 1500 reviews, today i have my sight set on getting to 3000 and beyond.

Sold out at Master of Malt and everywhere i have looked already, and no surprise either.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official sample as part of my Douglas Laing Fellows pack.

 

Wow! Malty, creamy, malted biscuits dipped in milk, honeycomb, butterscotch, puff candy, tropical fruit with a hint of tarteness like star fruit and dragonfruit.

Soft gentle fruits, honeycomb and malt loaf, more milk and butterscotch, very milky angel delight, a touch of light spice on the roof of the mouth

Soft gentle, lasting but gentle soft sweetness with malt loaf

Bottle Name: Littlemill 25yr 1991 XOP (Douglas Laing)
Age: 25
ABV: 50.90
Distiller: Littlemill (Closed)
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Lowland


North British 55yr 1962 XOP (Douglas Laing)

North British 55yr 1962 XOP (Douglas Laing) When you get to a certain age whisky tends to not be older than you, or if it is it gets very expensive, so being in my early 40s and drinking a whisky 13 year older than me, this really does make me stop and think.

North British is Edinburghs only remaining grain distillery and using corn/maize they tend to have a lovely soft sweet spirit, and this 55 year old is certainly no different to that.

Filled with delicious toffee and butterscotch, lots of beeswax and furniture polish notes and real signes of age, including those dunnage warehouse notes, this is a dram anyone would love and for any of those malt snobs out there, this kicks the ass off anything you might suggest is better.

Still currently in stock at Master of Malt.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official sample as part of my Douglas Laing Fellows pack.

 

Initial sweet polish notes, hints of beeswax and definite dub age warehouse signs of age, a furniture warehouse (mahogany furniture, new leather, polish), vanilla custard slice (hits of pastry and icing ) a light hint of toffee caramel.

Butterscotch and beeswax polish, delicate and sweet, a hint of light cask char and oak leaf sauce, a touch of spice and green vegetation.

A light hint of spiced toffee caramel, and cask char medium length

Bottle Name: North British 55yr 1962 XOP (Douglas Laing)
Age: 55
ABV: 41.00
Distiller: North British
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Grain
From: Scotland, Lowland


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