Garnheath XOP 42 Year Old 1974 cask 11522 (70cl, 51%)
Bottle No 24 of only 162 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."
Independently bottled single grain Scotch whisky from the sadly closed Garnheath distillery, aged in a refill barrel for an impressive 42 years! It was distilled in February 1974 and bottled in November 2016 by Douglas Laing for the Xtra Old Particular range. A release of 162 bottles.
Garnheath distillery existed within the long lost Moffat distilling complex, which was constructed by Inver House Distillers between 1964 and 1965. Inver House was a subsidiary of US drinks giant, Publiker, and the Moffat complex was designed to provide both malt and grain for their blending operations. The primary malt was Glen Flagler, although a separate set of stills were used to produce peated single malts called Killyloch and Islebrae. Garnheath was the largest constituent, producing grain whisky on its five continuous stills. Garnheath was last within the complex to close, in 1986, outlasting Glen Flagler by a year.
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"