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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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Saturday, 12 January 2013

CAOL ILA 1993 53.168 'ELASTOPLAST ON A ROASTED TONGUE' - THE SCOTH MALT WHISKY SOCIETY

Like I mentioned in the previous post, I'll be reviewing quite a few Islay whiskies in this SMWS streak.
Here's another one from Islay giant - Caol Ila.


Caol Ila Distillery - May 2011 © The Malt Desk
This expression from the SMWS is the same age as one of the official releases, 18 years, but thats where the similarities stop. We're of course going single cask, cask strength and un-coloured with this one.

Pricewise the official Caol Ila 18yo 43% is around £65,5 or around 605,- Dkr in the UK compared to the SMWS bottling at 745,- Dkr in Denmark at todays exchange rate (sorry not sure how much an official CI 18 is in Denmark).

A tough pick then? not at all... I'd anytime spend just that little more to get the extra that the SMWS offers here... I mean look at the stats on this bottling:

Caol Ila 1993 53.168 (12.07.1993/xx.07.2012) 18yo, 'Elastoplast on a roasted tongue' 59,3%, refill sherry butt, 596 bottles, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Colour is pale straw

Nose:
Light and sweet and a bit dusty and nutty. Honey and heavy crude oil, basil and very medicinal

Taste:
Honey and mustard glace, sweet bonfire smoke, citrussy and hints of BBQ'ed sausages and a flowery note. Smoke rushes back for the finish with a nice pleasent alcohol burn, that makes it go on for a long time. Water brings out more sweetness and hints of fishing docks.

Very nice, this one!

88/100!

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