Rare Malts Selection

Caol Ila

1977, 20 Years Old

ABV 61.3%
REVIEWED Issue 3
Specifications
Brand: Caol Ila, Rare Malts Selection
Expression: 1977, 20 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 20 years old
ABV: 61.3%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
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Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Powerfully aromatic. Roasted peppers. Olives. Salt.
Palate: Oily, soothing. Roasted peppers, olives, lemon juice.
Finish: Dry, junipery, vine-leaves, stemmy. Intense, expressive.
Comment: A wonderful aperitif. Who would have thought of a Scotch to precede Greek food?
9.0
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Fat, oily and lazilly smoky. Slightly kippery with salt and vanilla.
Palate: Sweet at first then a massive oaky intervention which dries the malt. Peat and dark chocolate.
Finish: Dark chocolate digestive biscuits with a peaty, toasty edge. Some saltiness comes through on the clinging, oily finish. Slightly tired oak spoils the balance.
Comment: A big malt, but carrying little of the magic that sets Port Ellen apart in this group. A stark reminder of what Islay has lost.
7.5
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