A 21 year old Rare Malts bottling of cask strength Caol Ila distilled in 1977 and released at the end of the last millenium.
Colour: straw. Nose: very different from the indies, much more on fresh butter and various herbs (dill, fresh cabbage, spearmint.) Whiffs of metal and motor oil. With water: well, not its best part. Wet cardboard and yoghurt – not a good swimmer?
Mouth (neat): extremely different once again. Very powerful but kind of ‘chemically pleasant’ (I’m sorry, I know that doesn’t make much sense), with bags of lime, lemon squash, citrus mint, asparagus and white sauvignon, then sorrel, absinth, fennel and icy mint. Bidis (these small Indian cigarettes). With water: very unusual development, still in the same directions, that is to say sort of chemical. Smoked ‘things’ (sorry), lemon squash, rocket salad, vitamin C tablets and ginger tonic. Hugely almondy, in fact.
Finish: long, a little more on the tracks but still unusual. Comments: a little strange that the official version is the most singular. A good Caol Ila anyway, the grassiest of the four. SGP:366 - 85 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|ABV/ Volume||61.3%/ 70cl|
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