Insider knowledge: Caol Ila 33 Year Old 1980 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead) whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be Caol Ila 33 Year Old 1980 - Authentic Collection (WM Cadenhead) whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
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