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 the best of the best single malt and single grain whiskies from the family vaults. Tomatin 25 years old certainly falls in that category. The whisky distilled in April 1993 spent a quarter of a century in refill hogshead no. DL 12783 and was bottled at natural strength of 60,2% abv and without chill-filtration in August 2018. The cask produced 315 bottles.
Nose: fruity and mildly spicy, oranges, nectarines, candied lemon peel, vanilla, caramel, butterscotch, hints of pepper and ginger and polished oak.
Palate: sweet cereals, lemon curd, oranges, bananas, cantaloupe, coconut flakes, vanilla cream, caramel, hints of pepper and cinnamon.
Finish: long, with notes of vanilla, butter cookies, honeycomb, toffee, cinnamon, allspice and polished oak.
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