Overall rating
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
XOP - Xtra Old Particular
Stated Age
40 years old
Refill Butt
DL 10704
Number of bottles
51.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
16 Apr 2015 1:27 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 767,56

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Whisky Reviews for Bunnahabhain 1975 DL

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.70 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Douglas Laing’s XOP series is known for both its well-aged expressions and its high quality. This 1975 Bunnahabhain is no exception. Of all the 40 year old whiskies I’ve been reviewing this month, this might be most moreish. It’s all very well talking about refinement and elegance when it comes to old whiskies, but here, the deliciousness is so high that these adjectives don’t quite sum up the experience. Of course, there’s depth of flavour and complexity (I filled a whole page with my initial notes), but these too feel oddly second tier – this is delectably luscious and enchantingly lovely.
    • Nose
      Candy shop sweetness, greenhouse fruitiness and a touch of woodwork make for particularly inviting nose. Honey laden cinder toffee and a touch of milk chocolate (Crunchie bars – yum!) mingle with estery sweetshop goodies – pear drops (ethyl acetate) and foam bananas (isoamyl acetate). This fruitiness extends into fresh and tinned apricots, mangos and poached pears. Running throughout is a slightly charred note – akin to burnt toast. It sits alongside delicate pastries – iced buns, choux pastry and eclairs. There’s a sense of confident and comforting softness here – milky latte, rich tea biscuits and suede leather. In the background, aged wood – polished mahogany, marquetry and teak oils. The addition of water heightens sweetness with more estery fruitiness, as well as pronouncing a slightly mineral, salty side – hewn granite, rock pools and some coastal air.
    • Taste
      A rather glorious arrival that manages to be both waxy and oily at the same time – there’s lots of weight and texture here. Fruits are up first and explode in the front palate with tart apples, fresh pears and mango puree. There’s a touch of prickly chilli pepper spice that further lifts these fruits and adds to the ‘wow’ of the arrival. The mid palate brings incredibly complexity – leather bound books, antique furniture, walnuts, salted peanuts, almond brittle, bitter ginger and a touch of distant charred smoke. There’s a lot to process here. In the back palate, nuttiness transforms into soft buttery biscuit (base), pretzels and strudel. Reduced (just a few drops) this somehow manages to become even more sensational – mouth-watering juicy fruitiness, sponge cake, cookie dough and chalky lime.
    • Finish
      Long and continuing with soft, but perceptible wood tannins, bakery flavours and drying ginger spice.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Douglas Laing & Co
    • Nose
      Warm salt sea air mixes with crunched sugar and lightly burnt home baking in a particularly inviting nose.
    • Taste
      The chocolate-covered citrus candy precedes salted barley and drifting smoke oak on the palate.
    • Finish
      A long finish that shows mocha with soft spices, cereal, salt, honey and late oak.


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