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A Mackillop's Choice bottling of 30 year old single cask Caol Ila. This was distilled in 1981 and bottled in early 2012. It's cask strength and non-chill filtered.
Nose: Just a hint of woodsmoke, and a touch of peat... it's smells very sweet with butterscotch overtones and surprisingly fresh apple and pear notes.
Palate: Very soft and buttery, with smooth, refined, peat. White pepper and sweet lemon.
Finish: A smoky, citric dryness.
Overall: A delicate, sophisticated Caol Ila that demonstrates there's a lot more to this distillery than peat.
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This has a bit of that sticks-to-the-cheeks mouthfeel of the OB 25 but the profile is otherwise very different. Peat comes out on top, Taliskery first impression on the nose but more leather tones. Goes down fine without water, because the sharp alcoholic sting on the nose due to the high ABV doesn't translate into the mouthfeel or taste. Mouthfeel itself is astonishingly smooth for a whisky this strong. Well rounded off with addition of water softening the sting, adding to the positive general impression. The sea tones (kelp, salt spray) I've found in many CIs are not present here and to be honest I might mistake this for a Talisker or a HP single cask.
19th May 2013
Very Nice Old Islay. Sweet, spicy, fruity...Similar to Port Ellen 9th, imho
1st May 2013
Starting off on the nose I noticed the peat first even though it wasn't that strong, then a slightly syrupy aroma, wisps of flowers, some other aromas I can't quite identify. On the palate, it's Wow! immediate recognition of quality.again, first I note the peat, though again not overbearing, followed by peppery spices, leathery touches, some sweetness. It's delicious. Upon the swallow, the pepper fades immediately, and I note cinnamon, flowers, some other unidentified notes. It's good. The peat lingers still. Yeah. Good stuff.
12th March 2013