Girvan 50yo, 1965-2015, XOP - Xtra Old Particular
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Bottling: Douglas Laing
Cask type: Refill Hogshead (# DL10896, 153 btl.)
Nose: Delicate notes of vanilla and sweet toffee nicely linger with yellow plum and butterscotch on the nose. Fresh and lively with citric fruits and a soft touch of oak and cedarwood in the back.
Palate: Deliciously sweet on the palate with vanilla, caramel and cereal notes, followed by a lovely touch of citric fruits - tangerine and lemon. This is accompanied by a warm mix of delicate spices - oak, pepper, caramelised ginger, and cedarwood. Very tasty!
Finish: The finish is long, slightly warm and sweet with brown sugar and subtle spicy acacia honey. A bit of drying notes of oak and cedarwood, with a hint of cough syrup on the tail.
With water: Fresh and clean on the nose with a few drops of water. Sweet toffee, followed by a touch of citric fruits. But less presence of vanilla and oak spice. There's significantly more spice coming through on the palate while the delicate vanilla and toffee sweetness is almost tamed. Very warm with pepper, oak, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. The finish shows only a hint of creamy sweetness, followed by very dry notes of oak, cedarwood and a fairly bitter touch of cough syrup.
Comments: This is a superb and high quality dram. Half a century old but not at all on the woody side. Not entirely complex but very elegant. A brilliant example how great grain whisky can be. No water please!
I thank Douglas Laing for the sample and the photograph!