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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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Friday, 28 September 2012


Like Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila Distillery on Islay has views to the Sound of Islay and Jura.
Unlike Bunnahabhain, the still house at Caol Ila has huge windows facing the Sound and the impressive Paps of Jura.

We've seen loads of Caol Ila's recently in the age category around 30 years - and almost all have been good - and some even better, so lets see how this one is...

This Caol Ila review also concludes the series of Archives batch#4 - I hope you've enjoyed it!

Caol Ila 1982 (2012) 30yo 51,2%, ex-bourbon hogshead#758, 207 bottles, Archives

Golden straw in colour

Very multi-layered! In no particular order: oak, lightly scented soap, drain cleaner (yes, I know!! weird, huh?) citrus and salted almonds, tarry ropes, wet sand and toasted oak, almost no peat and an almost Bowmore-ish flowery note to it...

Sweet boiled fruits, then spicy oak and camp fire style smoky layer fading on honey, citrus, tar and ash. Nuts and oils in here too...Then a coastal note I can only identify as being on the pier as a kid, fishing...  the long finish sends signals to me of white rum maybe?

This certainly is a great Caol Ila! One that evokes memories long forgotten...


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