Whisky Focus - Douglas Laing XOP Platinum Glen Garioch 25 Year Old

Douglas Laing XOP Platinum Glen Garioch 25 Year Old

13th September 2018
Douglas Laing launch the third 70th Anniversary XOP Platinum bottling, this time it is a Glen Garioch 25 Year Old, 1993 Vintage, single cask, single malt.

Douglas Laing XOP Platinum Glen Garioch 25 Year OldAs Douglas Laing continues their year of 70th anniversary celebrations they have unveiled the third of four special XOP Platinum bottlings which they are releasing throughout the year, this time the Glasgow whisky bottler and soon to be maker has released a limited edition Glen Garioch 25 Year Old 1993 Vintage single cask, single malt.

The XOP Platinum Glen Garioch 25 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt was finished in an ex-Sherry Cask and has been bottled at an  impressive natural cask strength of 58.4% ABV considering its age, indicating that that it was a pretty tight grained single cask which it spent 25 years maturing in.

As you would expect for such a premium bottling from Douglas Laing it has been bottled without colouring or chill-filtration which should add to the overall pleasure.

Presented in premium packaging, crafted to reflect the age and rarity of the spirit, each bottle label has been hand-signed and individually numbered by Fred and Cara Laing, who have selected all four of the XOP Platinum Single Casks.

The third in a planned collection of four, this release follows the Ardbeg Vintage 1992 launched in March and Port Dundas Vintage 1974, unveiled in June, both of which sold out in record time and I cant see why this latest offering in the series will not catch the attention of the whisky connoisseurs and collectors and sell out just as quickly.

Cara Laing, Director of Whisky at Douglas Laing, commented: "2018 continues to be both a busy and exciting year for us at Douglas Laing & Co. Our Platinum Anniversary has been a real landmark highlighting our 70 years in the Whisky industry and these latest bottlings are indicative of our commitment to releasing excellent Single Cask Scotch Whiskies from all across Scotland’s Whisky regions and at a variety of ages."

Provenance Coastal Collection Caol Ila 6 Year OldAnother interesting release from Douglas Laing this month is the latest expression in their Provenance Coastal Collection, another series of four whiskies from the Glasgow bottler. This time they have released a 6 Year Old Single Cask, Single Malt from the Caol Ila Distillery on Islay, yes it is young at 6 Years Old but this can be a good thing for a peaty whisky and Douglas Laing's tasting notes for this young Caol Ila certainly describe it as a peaty whisky, proclaiming "loads of Islay peat" alongside "soot, ash and coal dust". 

The Provenance Coastal Collection Caol Ila 6 Year Old is charged from an ex-Bourbon cask that yielded just 405 bottles, it has been bottled at 48% ABV without colouring or chill-filtration and with a slightly more drinkable price tag than the XOP.

The Provenance Coastal Collection Caol Ila 6 Year Old, RRP £58/€65T and the XOP Platinum Glen Garioch 25 Year Old, RRP of £311/€350 will both be available from September 2018 from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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