Wemyss Malts

Caol Ila

1980, The Admiral’s Beacon

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 137
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Brand: Caol Ila, Wemyss Malts
Expression: 1980, The Admiral’s Beacon
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2015
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Bottled by: Wemyss Malts
Issue 137
Tasting notes
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: Wow, this really is a well-balanced whisky with delicate, mossy smoke, great aged oak and a fantastic broadness from leather and cigar boxes. Really very good.
Palate: And the quality carries on with the palate giving fantastic balance of spirit, earthy smoke, toasted oak, vintage books, church pews and dunnage warehouse floor.
Finish: Big smoke, but tempered by the drying leather tones.
Comment: A wonderful whisky which does Islay, and Scotland, proud. Could become a classic.
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Parma Violets, sooty, sweet peat and fragrant Islay fruit. Weighty with a subtle coastal note adding a freshening element. Hints of orange rind, liquorice and very subtle but creamy oak.
Palate: Mature and tropical with sweet orange, melon, barley, brine and a distant echo of wonderfully sweet peat. Majestic and elegant with a lightly salted middle.
Finish: Long and salty with lingering Parma Violets, barley and coastal dusty fruit.
Comment: Absolutely gorgeous and probably quite expensive!
Visit the distillery
Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
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