Caol Ila

1979, 25 Years Old, Special Release

ABV 58.4%
REVIEWED Issue 55
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Specifications
Brand: Caol Ila
Expression: 1979, 25 Years Old, Special Release
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 25 years old
Year of bottling: 2005
ABV: 58.4%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Recommended
Issue 55
Tasting notes
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Light and grassy, then some Arbroath smokie. Lightly perfumed (sage, juniper?) with a vanilla lift, hot sand, ash-like smoke. Good balance and intensity. Needs water.
Palate: The sweetness continues. Light fruits, some creaminess. Quite firm without water.
Finish: Dry, long, lightly grassy. Ash.
Comment: Not instantly welcoming, this takes time to get to know... but it is worth the effort. Subtle complexities at work.
8.0
Taster   Arthur Motley
Nose: Lemon, tiger balm, eucalyptus, lime, citrus flavoured bathroom cleaner.
Palate: Some buttery character, but fairly woody and with a dirty smoke.
Finish: Ash.
Comment: Old, phenolic but just not pleasant enough for me. I think I just prefer Caol Ila young.
7.3
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Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
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