Compare to https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/90509/bunnahabhain-1991-dl I find both bottlings very similar - even the 24yo polarises a lot - I put that down to the expectations of an old sherry bunna and the special kind of oak note, which probably not everyone likes. It's not a "modern" sherry-overloaded juice-Malt. I would not advise anyone to blind purchase one of the two bottlings - imho can really go backwards if you do not like this oak tree. Because oak I have probably the rest of the evening in the mouth - yes I think cool: smile: The XOP is a bit milder and rounder, has fewer rough edges, which I do not necessarily find better, because the flavors are milder. Furthermore, the alcohol is noticeably better integrated in the XOP. I would probably rather resort to the OP - especially since the price is currently noticeably better - cheap is none of both.
superclean - old creamy oak as I know it more from Bourboncasks, it has already in the nose slightly astringent and tanninhaltig, a lot of old oiliness, already here it is clear that you have a bunna in the glass, in addition to a soft deep sweetness, tobacco leaves Mint, vanilla, red fruits - but without the typical acidity, which is acidity is typical Fasssäure - the nose is a bit restrained, benefits from hand warmth - the lively changing combination of delicate fruit and creamy oak in the tea notes with floral aromas Passing is great, time stands still at Nosen
sweet, oily oaky, fine spicy with lots of tobacco, mint, laurel, waxy oak, rosehip marmalade, cocktail cherries, strawberry jam, sherry is available but dominates doing oak and spice - I'm guessing a Weisseichensherryfass since the oak is very present and creamy - but remain bright and almost no bitter notes are to be found when they flash, they are more herbal than chocolate
spicy with mint, delicate fruits, oak, pepper, tree sap - medium long - the fresh light oak remains even very long on the palate.