Caol Ila 1981
70cl / 60.2%
36 Year Old Connoisseurs Choice TWE Exclusive
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Gordon & MacPhail
One of just 201 bottles charged from a refill American hogshead and bottled at 60.2%, this is a beautifully-matured Caol Ila. The peat fire of its youth now burned to embers, its smoked-meat foundation is layered with thick, ripe-fruit flavours and sweet-cereal notes, while a touch of light brine highlights its dark cocoa depths.
Caol Ila 1981 Reviews
Tasting notes by Billy ABbott
Nose: Sea shells, sea shores and rubber-soled plimsolls. Strands of tropical fruit rise through the gaps, pineapple chased by lemon and lime. Peaches float around the edges and medicinal peat burns on a nearby bonfire. Oily notes develop: linseed and smoked-fish-infused olive. A second wave of fruit arrives: apples, pears, more pineapple and citrus, and ripe mango. Hiding right at the back are waxed jackets, oiled leather and a handful of sherbet lemons. With time in the glass, the medicinal notes subside, pushing the waxy, fruity notes to the front and revealing an earthiness behind.
Palate: An initial oily sweetness is washed away by brine and orchard fruit: stewed apples and brown-sugar-dusted pears. A fountain of oaky spice pushes through the centre, along with hints of mint and menthol. Toffee and creamy coffee follow the spice and lead to a citrusy core of stewed orange and lemon zest. Underneath everything sits a pool of savoury earth, cocoa and salted caramel. Smoke is well integrated, appearing in peaty puffs in between layers of sweet and savoury flavour.
Finish: Sweet apple and pear fade slowly, leaving glacier mints, damp earth and sweet oak spice. Tingling menthol remains.
Tasting notes from the producer:Delicate smoky aromas with nuances of maple-cured bacon and digestive biscuit. Sweet and creamy; flambéed banana opens into salted dark chocolate flavours. Long, lingering bonfire ember notes to finish.