Caledonian 1976 40 Year Old cask 11341 - XOP (70cl, 54.9%) ***sold***
Bottle No 263 of only 290 filled.
Xtra Old Particular by Douglas Laing is the premium version of the brand, and is reserved for casks the company considers the Laing "family jewels."
Single cask Caledonian single grain, aged for 40 years and independently bottled by Douglas Laing! This was distilled in April 1976 (around 12 years before the distillery was closed) and aged in a refill hogshead until August 2016, when it was bottled for the Xtra Old Particular range with an outturn of 290 bottles.
Caledonian is a lost grain distillery, built in Edinburgh by Graham Menzies & Co. It operated a single column still, once described by James Grant as the "greatest in Scotland," and later two pot stills which produced an Irish-style grain whisky. It became the seventh member of DCL in 1884. When DCL merged with Guinness in 1986 to form United Distillers, the company's enormous portfolio of distilleries required streamlining, and Caledonian was one of those that did not survive the cull, shut down for good in 1988. It has only twice been officially bottled as a single grain, once in its lifetime as a commemorative bottling for the 1986 Commonwealth games in its home city, and later under The Cally brand by Diageo. Thankfully, releases like this have appeared over the decades under independent labels.
XOP – Xtra Old Particular is Douglas Laing’s flagship label. It is only bottled at natural cask strength, uncoloured, and in this case the colour emanates from a Sherry Hogshead. The brand is reserved for what the company consider the Laing “family jewels"