The Xtra Old Particular series (XOP) was launched in 2013 and is reserved by Douglas Laing for casks considered to be the "family jewels." A stunning bottle of Caol Ila, distilled all the way back in January 1984. This is a maritime dram in which Caol Ila's typically-fierce peatiness has burned down to embers; the spirit is redolent with coal dust and ashy smoke, run through with a sharp and distinct menthol note.
After 35 long years, the single malt was bottled in March 2019 from a single refill hogshead #13081 , for Douglas Laing's XOP Old Particular range. The whisky saw an outturn of only 268 bottles at 48.6% ABV.