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Douglas Laing 21 year old (distilled at Highland Park), 52.6%

Price: $224 Issue: Spring 2016 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

This Highland Park bottling appears in Douglas Laing's prestigious XOP range, and after distillation in September 1994 the spirit in question was matured in a single refill hogshead (#10897) before bottling in September 2015. The outturn is just 228 bottles. Boiled fruit sweets and malt on the nose, with underlying sea salt and gentle, leathery smoke. Confident in the mouth, with allspice, honey, barley, and wood smoke. The finish is lengthy, with drying oak and peat. £155