Mackillop's Choice

Caol Ila

1989, Cask 3322

ABV 57.7%
REVIEWED Issue 22
Specifications
Brand: Caol Ila, Mackillop's Choice
Expression: 1989, Cask 3322
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
ABV: 57.7%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
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Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Vanilla and soft fruit, then charred notes: smoky wood, singed heather, and a sulphury/burnt match heads note.
Palate: Powerful, medicinal and very smoky. It fills the mouth well, the light creaminess just about binding the prickly heathery/seaweedy smoke together.
Finish: Big and long.
Comment: The smokiest of the bunch. A big boy.
8.0
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Lightly dry. Vegetal. Slight sulphur.
Palate: Lightly oily. Cereal grain. Leafy. Then late, very distinctive, fruitiness.
Finish: Big and peppery.
Comment: If Caol Ila can evoke the aroma and flavour of junipers, perhaps it can also suggest olive oil, vine leaves, couscous, baked aubergines. I have had great martinis in Tangier. Next time, a Caol Ila Sour?
7.8
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