Garnheath / Douglas Laing

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 Vintage XOP (Douglas Laing) Review

Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 Vintage XOP (Douglas Laing) Well this is a dram from a distillery I know not a lot about, other than it’s a Grain distillery that no longer exists, and its basically the same age as I am.

Single grain whiskies are an acquired taste that many more are acquiring the taste for especially as they are so reasonable in price for their age in comparison to malts.

This is no different that way but has a huge amount of tasty flavour, the nose tastes a minute or two to open up and then goes in for the kill with citrus, vanilla and caramel, and the palate is soft and tasty with sugary sweetness and a long lasting spicy finish rounds this off as a dram that is easy sipping but has enough complexity and flavour going on to make you want to sip it really slowly.

Sold out everywhere I can see, but worth keeping an eye out for others at Master of Malt, The Whisky Exchange or Douglas Laing direct.

Thanks to Douglas Laing for the official sample.

Tasting Notes & Details


Instantly there is a citrusy pickle note, preserved lemons maybe or pickled lime, then some bitter fruit peels and pith, orange especially, becomes more deep woody notes, snapped green branches, vanilla essence and Victoria sponge cake with a hint of crème brule in there too.


Soft and sweet,, there’s initially a gentle sugary sweetness, vanilla infused caster sugar, and a gentle fresh ozone note, then it adds a lick of spices, oriental five spice, and a touch of white pepper, and that citrus note still hangs in the background


The citrus hangs there as lemongrass as oriental five spice and white pepper hang about the mouth and grow stronger for some time after sipping.

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Garnheath 42 Year Old 1974 Vintage XOP (Douglas Laing)
Age: 42
ABV: 44.50
Distiller: Garnheath
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Type: Single Cask Single Grain
From: Scotland, Lowland
Posted: 23/07/2018 by Tom

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