The XOP range was introduced in 2014 by Fred Laing, who parted ways with his brother and business partner Stewart the year before, splitting portfolio of Douglas Laing & Co.
The abbreviation stands for Xtra Old Particular and indeed, the range consists of best of the best single malt and single grain whiskies from the family vaults. Cameronbridge 33 years old certainly falls in that category. The whisky distilled in March 1984 spent more than three decades in refill hogshead no. DL 11714 and was bottled at natural strength of 54.7% abv in March 2017. The cask produced only 201 bottles. (Producer’s tasting note).
Nose: rich and creamy, sugary and spiced with sherbet and hard candy.
Palate: oily, full and mouthcoatingly sweet with later cereals and spices.
Finish: moreish in the same encapsulation of all those flavors.