Caol Ila 33YO 1980 Bottling Note
Well aged Islay whisky from the Caol Ila distillery, you say? Now you're talking my language! That's right, this WM Cadenhead bottling of Caol Ila single malt is 33 years old.
I'll try to be fair
I feel pretty sure this is quality stuff, though somehow not quite my style. Very peaty (well, what did you expect??) on the nose (and palate). I can't quite tell what else I detect on the nose---is that heather? Richly warming (ok, that's mostly the 58.2% abv) and full bodied. Sweeter than I would have thought for a Caol Ila. I think it deserves 9 or 10 stars, even though I wouldn't buy a full bottle (I bought the 3 cl sample). Very long finish.
18th March 2014