The Macallan / Douglas Laing

Macallan 40yr 1977 XOP (Douglas Laing) Review

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.

Tasting Notes & Details


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 Details

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
Posted: 16/10/2017 by Tom

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