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1991 Douglas Laing & Co. XOP Xtra Old Particular Bruichladdich 26 Year Old Single Cask Limited Release Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

Islay, SCOTLAND
$699. 00 Bottle
$8388.00 Dozen
ABV: 48%

Distilled in 1991 (prior to the 1994 shut down) and bottled in 2017 as part of Douglas Laing's Xtra Old Particular range, cask #12259 yielded 301 hand filled bottles. The Laings describe a whisky with a marvellously rich and beautiful nose of toasted malt and barley, a smooth palate opening moving to more luscious fruit notes, as well as very gentle beeswax and leather. Very positive comments from whiskyfun.com below, summing this up as "Very Bruichladdich. Super-good once again." Non chill filtered. Extremely limited.

Other reviews... The younger one was post-reopening, this one’s pre-closure. Colour: light gold. Nose: nah, this is unquestionably more complex. I’m not saying ‘superior’, but more complex for sure, with brighter fruits, around oranges, ripe kiwis, those melons, and perhaps cranberries and the sweets made thereof. Perhaps very tiny notes of lavender, which isn’t bad at all here. With water: indeed, lavender bonbons and many flower, lilies, lilac, honeysuckle… Mouth (neat): a feeling of lavender sweets, and something 1980s-Bowmore-ish, but without excesses. In France we used to have violet-flavoured liquorice, called Zan. That was superb. Also Seville oranges but quite curiously, no melons this time. With water: limoncello! I often find limoncello in good whiskies, which I like, maybe I should start limoncellofun.com. Ach, better not. Finish: medium, with more lemony things and even a touch of mango. A dash of salt in the aftertaste, which is rather very Bruichladdich. Comments: super-good once again. Same ballpark, even if styles are opposite. And yet close. An yet opposite… Oh…
87 points - whiskyfun.com