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Caol Ila 1996 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

(70cl, 59%)

Caol Ila 1996 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

Caol Ila 1996 Bottling Note

Distilled at the Caol Ila distillery in 1996, Gordon and MacPhail matured this in their Elgin-based warehouses in refill sherry casks. The result is a rich, coastal dram, with fruity freshness and smoke.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

The nose is quite green and rich with a well-balanced sweetness, counteracted by the elegant Caol-smoke. Notes of dried kelp and tar with a touch of apple peel and underripe fruit. Some notes of barley develop. The palate is rich and quite lively with peppery oak and charred toasted spice. Notes of seaweed and a defined coastal quality with a gentle smoke and chewy, dark peat. The finish is long and smoky with rock salt and tar and cut herbs.

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User Reviews of the Caol Ila 1996 - Cask Strength (Gordon and MacPhail)

An exciting dram

I would largely agree with MoM's tasting notes above. The nose has a lot of raisin and dried fruit - the influence of sherry cask, no doubt. the palate is rich and velvety, and has a satisfying leathery toffee note which is complemented beautifully by the suppleness of the maritime smoke. This develops into a well sustained finish which, as MoM point out, is reminiscent of mint stalks, parsley and rock salt with the lingering smoke.

This is a really satisfying dram with a robust - almost syrupy - mouthfeel and a flavour which develops in surprising directions.

19th September 2015

Absolute belter

As a fan of the Islay malts and Caol Isla in particular, this one stands tall among its peers. Close your eyes and you are in a crofters cottage with a peaty fire in your nostrils, yet nothing overpowers the delicate balances. Absolute belter.

20th January 2012

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