Gordon & MacPhail Private Collection

Caol Ila

1997, Hermitage Finish

ABV 45%
REVIEWED Issue 102
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Brand: Caol Ila, Gordon & MacPhail, Private Collection
Expression: 1997, Hermitage Finish
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2012
ABV: 45%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail
Tasting notes
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: A charred/smoky/liquorice note to open with followed by sweet concentrated hedgerow fruits. A little rubbery with water suggesting the distillate was not fully matured.
Palate: Firm, with some wet wool. All in all, quite grippy, suggestive of double wooding. The fruits which are there on the nose are encased.
Finish: Rhubarb, a little bitter.
Comment: For me the finishing element has just been just a little overdone.
Taster   Martine Nouet
Nose: Musty. Wet wood. Fungal. Makes me think of a walk in a damp forest, with decaying branches scattered on the ground. Hint of bonfire smoke. Some sweetness tones these notes down.
Palate: Sweet and bitter. Orange drop. Something of Campari. Waterenhances the bitterness. Smoky.
Finish: Drying, still bitter. Medium long. Warm if not burning.
Comment: Obviously a wine finish.
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Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
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