Caol Ila 1979 XOP Black Series
Douglas Laing's XOP (Xtra Old Particular) is the best of the best from the Douglas Laing family vaults. This range of rare aged Single Malt and Single Grain Scotch Whiskies is bottled exactly the way the distiller intended: without colouring or chill-filtration, and at cask strength. This expression, from Caol Ila, has spent 40 long years maturing in a refill hogshead. 160 bottles were filled from this cask.
Nose – Exceptionally herbal, fresh, littoral and pelagic.
Palate – Immediately mouth puckeringly salted, before warming spices and a certain dry oakiness appears ahead of the ash.
Finish – Long and spicy, cough drop style, with a hint of tar and a drift of smoke.