Caol Ila 1966 29 Years Gordon & MacPhail - Centenary Reserve


An independent bottling of 1966 Caol Ila from Gordon & Macphail released as part of the Centenary celebrations. Distilled in 1966 and matured for 29 years in a sherry cask.


Colour: amber with orange hues. Nose: delicate like a very old Sauternes. Only hints but superb hints of anthracite, wet earth, fir honeydew and trappist beer. Then it gets more on apricot juice, light honey, mullein flowers. Hints of overripe apples, toffee, caramel crème, cappuccino… And the peat? It’s well here, subtle, delicate… Marvellous old Caol Ila, if only they had bottled it at a slightly higher strength… Mouth: excellent attack on baked apples, mead and soft pepper. Not weak at all I must say. Apricot pie, crystallised oranges, toasted brioche, white pepper. Very nice notes of smoked salmon. Finish: quite long! Toasted, peaty, with quite some dried figs… A tad drying, ‘of course’. A poem, quite moving. 91 points.


Distillery Caol Ila
Classification Single Malt Whisky
Bottle No./Released -/-
Vintage 1966
Age 29
Bottler Gordon & MacPhail
Bottling Date 1995
ABV/ Volume 40.0%/ 70cl
Rating/SGP 91/-
Cask Number -


Category: Rare

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