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A 20 year old Caol Ila bottled by the distillery to celebrate their 150th birthday in 1996.Tasting Notes (2)
Tasting Notes by Billy A
Gentle green ferns, caramel covered digestive biscuits, sweet butter, vanilla and a hint of baked bean funkiness. Honeysuckle and other floral hints, a touch of wax, pineapple kubes, smokey charcoal and a touch of leather.
Musty and gently peaty with hessian sacks, bung cloth, vanilla custard, pepper, spicy leather, beeswax polish, menthol, moss, earth and spicy peat.
Spicy with sweet old wood, anis, damp leaves and sweet peat.
It's pretty special.
Tasting Notes by Rocky
Almost luscious nose, with chocolate, parma violets and a hint of struck match. Again, as with the 12 year old, smoky bacon notes appeared when left to sit.
What can only be described as a veritable explosion of flavour on the palate, with soot, grapefruit and passion fruit the most abundant. A big whisky, this is almost south coast of Islay in style.
Very, very long, with a rich and creamy texture and tropical fruit flavours in abundance. Just exceptional.
Sometimes almost ‘mythical’ bottlings don’t live up to their hype, but this is one that certainly does. My overall impression was just one word long – ‘wow’. If you have a chance to ever buy a bottle of this, almost whatever the cost, I’d say go for it. This is one of those whiskies that is going to be up there in my top whiskies for a long, long time.
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