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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Thursday, 14 June 2012


After 2 unpeated Bruichladdichs - lets have another Islay born whisky - a Caol Ila...and an old one as well.

This one is a very expressive, I think, with loads of maritime notes, which is fun since it - as most Caol Ilas - probably was hauled off of Islay by tanker truck and spent its life maturing in a warehouse in the Central Belt of Scotland.

Anyway, lets get going:

Caol Ila 1980 29yo 55,3% 21.05.1980/04.06.2009, refill sherry hogshead#4940, 235 bottles by Bladnoch Forum

Coastal, briny, fishingboat boxes, salt, oily (diesel?), some sweetness, malty - all coated in a layer of peat.

Thick malt, coating layer of peat - more than expected from what then nose gave off. Some mint, a vegetable note - I'm thinking fresh cut bell peppers, then seaweed and hints of sweet fruits. Time and water turns it very oaky IMO bordering on oak juice so don't let this baby go swimming in more than literally, 3 drops of water.

Although this one has many things to offer, there is something I can't quite grasp in there, as if it lacks a bit of order/balance between all things, but still a decent Caol Ila. Especially considering its original price at (only) £46 !! back in 2009.


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