Caol Ila 1980 / 30 Year Old / Douglas Laing Platinum

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Caol Ila 1980 / 30 Year Old / Douglas Laing Platinum
70cl / 59.4%
Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Douglas Laing
A 1980 vintage Caol Ila released as part of Douglas Laing's always impressive Platinum Selection. It's a single cask that was bottled at a cask strength of 59.4% in the summer of 2011.
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More Details:
CountryScotlandRegionIslayBottlerDouglas LaingBottling StatusDiscontinuedSeriesPlatinum SelectionAge30 Year OldVintage1980Bottling DateAugust 2011Chill FilteredNoNo of Bottles270
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes by Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

High strength at 30 years of age, was this matured in Kentucky? (S., drop it). Colour: gold.

Nose: It’s one of these old Caol Ilas that went toward marzipan and walnuts, soot and leather polish, fresh butter and Barbour grease. And fresh paint. Lovely nose, just a bit strong. So, with water: absolutely superb, in the style of the ‘older old Caol Ilas’. There are whiffs of muddy dogs (yeah, a variant of our beloved wet dogs – I’m sorry, dogs), damp newspapers, creosote, some seawater, walnut wine, more fresh paint (any colour)…

Mouth (neat): Fantastic. Some kind of smoked lemon liqueur, with of course a briny side and again quite some walnuts and a little putty. Cigar ashes, fresh walnut skin… With water: ideal. More lemon, more tangerines and a little more salt. And marzipan. And oysters. And salted liquorice.

Finish: Not the longest but it’s all very elegant. Lemon, salt and putty. Comments: it’s rather in the style of the CIs that were distilled 10 or 15 years before. An adorable old Caol Ila that loves water. Well, water is obligatory. SGP:456 - 92 points.

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