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. Tullibardine 25 years old certainly falls in that category. The whisky distilled in March 1993 spent a quarter of a century in refill hogshead no. DL 12624 and was bottled at natural strength of 55.3% abv in June 2018 with an outrun of 250 bottles. Tullibardine Distillery was founded in 1949. It is currently owned by Picard Vins & Spiriteux and produces around 3 million liters of spirit per annum.
Nose: complex, vanilla, butterscotch, chocolate biscuits, peaches, cantaloupe, maple syrup, hints of aniseed and mint, oak and touch of leather.
Palate: breakfast cereals with honey, vanilla, golden syrup, milk chocolate, white pepper, fresh mint, bananas, peaches and oak.
Finish: long and warming, with notes of banana bread, honeyed nuts, milk chocolate, dash of pepper and oak.