Caol Ila 33 1980 #10159
A 33 year old (!) Caol Ila matured in a single hogshead and then bottled by those lovely folk over at Douglas Laing in December 2013. Just 136 bottles of this wonderful Islay whisky were produced.
very feisty despite its age
This stuff is absolutely great, very recognizably Caol Ila in profile and capable of retaining a lot of water. In fact without adding several teaspoons you won't be going far as this packs a lot of punch. Don't expect any sweet or sherry tones this is an angry old man full of smoke, pepper, lime and old bourbon wood smells. The only drawback is the completely absurd price which stops me from buying a full bottle. I guess DL only wants the kind of business that is ready to pay their outrageous release prices of late without complaint.
19th April 2014