Highland Park XOP 21
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 the Highland Park distillery, has spent 21 long years maturing in a refill Hogshead, and is one of only 228 bottles available.
The nose shows rich Malt tones and toffee, plus a later oceanic style with subtle peat. The palate shows honey on lightly burnt toast with a juicy barley backdrop of late smoke. The finish is long with oak, more of that honey, soft camphor and the softest peat.