Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
XOP - Xtra Old Particular
Stated Age
50 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
40.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
XOP0018 CBSC 12:40 19.12.14
Bottled for
100th Anniversary
Added on
14 jun 2015 7:33 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 5399.00

21 × in wishlist

62 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Probably Speyside's Finest 1964 DL

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.92 points.

  1. SimpletonOfDufftown scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    (tasted from a sample)

    Know what you're drinking, that's my nr.1 rule, and this is a 50 year old sherry cask matured whisky. If you expect tons of fruit, fresh vanillin etc. you'll be sorely disappointed. Whisky ages like everything else: wine, people etc. Mature is good, but I feel like this has gone past the point of perfectly mature. Only earthy, vegetal and herbal notes remain.

    Delicious nose, though.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dried fruits, mostly dates and figs, with hints of star anise, liquorice root and tree bark (pine and spruce etc). A touch of acetone, like a Jamaican pot still would have, but so slight that it doesn't ruin the dram. Very, if not fully, matured with little to no fresh fruit or malt left. Really good, though, in its own way.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Definitely tannins, of boy... The anise and liquorice remain. Lacks body and concentration. The lack of fruit is now a problem, with so little punch from the low abv and such low concentration of flavour.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Sweet and rather bland. Again, the concentration issue is somewhat damning at this point. It lacks contrast and life, something that wouldn't be a problem if it had proper concentration of matured flavour compounds. All I get is sweet star anise and wood.

  2. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Felt a somewhat dead barrel, a bit thin for 50yo and barrel strength (even if it is very low). Tasty in itself, only something is missing, especially in the finish, especially for the price.
    • Nose
      Dried fruit, cooked banana, vanilla, cinnamon, smooth sweet maraschino cherries, lots of toffee and nice honey, some blossoms and very, very round oak, caramelized apple
    • Taste
      The dried fruit, together with honey doused but still slightly tangy apple, apricot, even a hint of pineapple, cinnamon, honey, toffee, vanilla, delicate chocolate and a hint of fine leather, some chamomile tea
    • Finish
      Noticeable oak, but thin, not the highest quality, apple with a hint of core, aricose

  3. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    50 years is a house number. The barrel aromas determine the nose and palate, and there are plenty of tannins. Due to the rather low alcohol strength, the whisky loses a little. Perhaps it would have been good for the drop to fill the bottle 10 years beforehand.
    • Nose
      89 89
      At the beginning ink, spiciness, banana. Later sulfur, tree resin, vanilla, solvent, nut.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sherry, smoked fish, spiciness, toffee, a little too little strength.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish. Dark fruits, oak, spiciness, a little bitter. Could use more bite.

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      First impression, thick and woody. Some greenness appears here, parsley and herbal notes. Unsure, but a very complex multitude of herbs. Like entering a chinese medicine store.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Lots of oak here, but seemingly mild. Pine cone freshener scent like taste, dry tree bark, herbal mix, angelica sinesis herb, rhubard and lingon berries.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium to low, slightly oily,bitter from the oak, damp.

  5. Maltseller scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      93 93

  6. Carsten scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    UD, Probably Speyside's Finest Distillery, Douglas Laing, XOP, 1964-2014, 40.5% Color: amber Nose: pine needles, garden herbs, later develop sweet fruit notes, orange, orange peel, milk chocolate Body: medium / oily Mouth: mild, sweet notes dominate, pepper Finish: mild, but then dominate bitter herbal notes Conclusion: 85P, beautiful and varied aromas, beautiful in the mouth, only the finish falls off

  7. Rozenbankje scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. torstenB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A malt that gives you time in the glass always new facets, would be desirable a higher alcohol content. Due to the slightly weak taste only 89 to 90 points nose and finish 91 pts.
    • Nose
      At first, notes of basil or parsley come in - easily after garden herbs. With some air, it develops in a more earthy direction combined with pine needles. Later comes notes of marzipan, maybe sandalwood and some incense sticks. Underneath there are also buttery notes with furniture polish.
    • Taste
      due to the low alcohol content, it does not come with so much whopping, first of all come spices, possibly nutmeg?
    • Finish
      peppery and slightly numbing like after chewing Szechuan pepper grains, long-lasting without becoming bitter.

  9. Schmausel scored this whisky 93 points Administrator

    undisclosed Glenfarclas ;-)


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