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 the range consists of the best of the best single malt and single grain whiskies from the family vaults. In the summer of 2019 the company has extended XOP range with ‘ultra premium’ Black Series. The Mortlach presented here was distilled in February 1989 and aged in refill hogshead # DL 13609 for three decades. Bottled at natural strength of 44.5% abv in September 2019 with an outrun of 267 bottles. Each bottle is signed by Fred and Cara Laing, second and third generation owners of Douglas Laing & Co. (Producer’s tasting note).
Nose: initially dry, warming to a gentle spiciness with apple peel and honeyed barley.
Palate: sweet and creamy, with buttery biscuits, nutmeg, milk chocolate shavings and charred oak.
Finish: lingers on and on with honeycomb, brown sugar and toasted almonds