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Caol Ila 50 Year Old 1968 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

(70cl, 52.5%)

Caol Ila 50 Year Old 1968 - Private Collection (Gordon & MacPhail)

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Caol Ila 50yo 1968 Bottling Note

An extraordinary release from Gordon & MacPhail's Private Collection, this right here is a 50 year old single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery - the oldest Caol Ila bottled to date. The whisky was distilled on Islay back in 1968 and left to mature in a single refill sherry hogshead for half of a century, before being bottled in 2018 at 52.5% ABV (which is particularly hefty for a 50 year old whisky). Only 199 bottles were produced, and each one comes alongside a really rather handsome wooden presentation box.

Tasting Note by The Producer

Nose: Delicate wisps of peat smoke transforms aromas of honey-cured meats and vanilla pods. Notes of fruitcake laden with nuts, raisins, and plump sultanas develop. A hint of menthol runs throughout. Undertones of zesty citrus and aromatic lemongrass linger.

Palate: A refined single malt. Subtle yet warming spice opens into raspberry, cranberry, and sweet baked apple flavours. Thick cut Seville orange marmalade and gentle Sherry influences develop with time. Mature oak notes add a slightly drying character.

Finish: A lingering finish of smouldering bonfire embers entwined with lemon zest and charred oak.

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