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Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2006 (casks 306189, 306191 & 306195) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

(70cl, 59.8%)

Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2006 (casks 306189, 306191 & 306195) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail)

Caol Ila 11yo G&M Bottling Note

A trio of first-fill Sherry butts were used to create this Cask Strength bottling of Caol Ila by Gordon & MacPhail. These casks were filled in July 2006 and left to mature for 11 years before being cracked open in September 2017. Sherry and smoke work well together, a fact that is decidedly evident in this single malt.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Sweet raisin and prune, with underlying wafts of bonfires on the beach.

Palate: Flaky pastry, applesauce, burnt sugar and oatcakes.

Finish: A lingering salinity balanced by peaches in syrup.

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Caol Ila 11 Year Old 2006 (casks 306189, 306191 & 306195) - Cask Strength (Gordon & MacPhail) Reviews

Big Peat

Having opened Bunnhabhain's Moine Oloroso recently, which is a huge peat and sherry whisky, I was looking forward to comparing this cask strength Caol Isla from first fill sherry butts. I was not encouraged by the colour, which seemed rather pale and the nose,too, disappointed. Where was the sherry? Don't get me wrong - this is an excellent Islay malt with bags of smoke and peat but I wanted the battle of the heavyweights - this was too one sided. Either it needed longer than 11 years in the casks or the casks (first-fill supposedly) weren't that good. So, when I want a huge peaty dram in the style of Laphroaig or Arbeg cask strength, I can turn quite happily to this. I just thought I was buying something a bit different.

29th December 2017

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