Another Set of Three Special XOP

Laphroaig 30yr XOP (Douglas Laing) This series of Douglas Laing XOP releases was split into two with part one (click here) featuring drams from North British, Glen Garioch and Littlemill, this part two features Laphroaig, Macallan and Springbank.

All three of these drams, and the other three, are ones many would call holy grails of the whisky industry and I certainly feel very priviliged to have the opportunity to try them.

The Springbank and Laphroaig are exceptional, the Macallan is just not to my tastes and is a little light for my liking, but i know many others will absolutely love it.

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


Laphroaig 30yr XOP (Douglas Laing)

Laphroaig 30yr XOP (Douglas Laing) Laphroaig is definitely one of those drams I have a connection to, having joined the Friends of Laphroaig almost 20 years ago (my anniversary is January), so having the opportunity to sample a 30 year old single cask had me a little giddy.

There's a definite emotional connection but this is also a stand out dram, filled with those classic flavours of antiseptic, coal tar and fruity smoke, it goes lighter and softer and is a seriously easy drinker, dangerously so at this type of value and age.

If you can find one, buy it, enjoy it with friends and smile.... lots.

Sold out at Master of Malt and all the others i could see, but you might be lucky to find one somewhere.

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

 

Coal tar soap, German caffeine shampoo, dusty dunnage warehouse, creosote, very light and delicate for a laphroaig, some shellfish notes in the background, very enticing juicy chalky notes

Ash covered soft fruits, it’s hugely ashy smoky and charcoal like but with so many juicy fruits, including the chewing gum, coming through, seriously tasty stuff.

Ashy fruity wow

Bottle Name: Laphroaig 30yr XOP (Douglas Laing)
Age: 30
ABV: 53.50
Distiller: Laphroaig
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


Macallan 40yr 1977 XOP (Douglas Laing)

Macallan 40yr 1977 XOP (Douglas Laing) There are a few distilleries in Scotland which have a bit of a reputation around the world, for me due to good marketing rather that whisky quality, and Macallan is one of them, but despite that i was seriously looking forward to trying this one.

There are a lot of flavours in here, but its hard work to get at them, and yes i appreciate older whiskies tend to need time to open up and this one does open up the longer you leave it in the glass, it's just it doesn't do anything for me!

For those that love the Macallan flavour profile they will love this but for me it just doesn't hit any buttons and i'd rather have a Provenance Benrinnes etc which for me is much more the style i look for.

Sold out at Master of Malt and all the others i could see, but you might be lucky to find one somewhere.

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

 

Rich floral fruitiness, carnations and mixed freeze dried crushed rose petals, touch of rose water, waxy and oily, thick and rich, rhubarb and custard sweets, touches of beeswax furniture polish, sugared almonds

Light and fresh bitter fruits, rose water, watery fruits and almonds, but very gentle, hints of smoke appear and hard to tie down as cask char or peat

Growing but gentle a definite light puff of smoky BBQd raspberry and bitter fruits

Bottle Name: Macallan 40yr 1977 XOP (Douglas Laing)
Age: 40
ABV: 45.20
Distiller: The Macallan
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


Springbank 21yr XOP (Douglas Laing)

Springbank 21yr XOP (Douglas Laing) If there is a distillery in Scotland that showcases the "dirty" nature of Scotch whisky and the complexities that comes with it, then it's Springbank, some rave about this distillery, it's one i can enjoy but it's not my favourite.

This 21 year old single cask however is a classy, joyous, delicious, dirty experience that really showcases how good Springbank is and can be. Filled with dirty oily notes, diesel and a huge savoury element, if you can grab one do so, without hesitation.

Sold out at Master of Malt but they seem to be expecting more so give them a shout or follow the page closely.

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

 

Dirty dusty rooms with savoury ritz crackers, a light sweet ozone airy ness, creamy with a hint of diesel fuel

Dirty dusty rooms again with clementine peel and hints of machine oil, walnut schnapps, quite dry, more savoury crackers with a touch of pate

Long oily dry

Bottle Name: Springbank 21yr XOP (Douglas Laing)
Age: 21
ABV: 51.30
Distiller: Springbank
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Campbeltown


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