Distilled in 1967. Bottled in 1983 by R.W Duthie & Co of Aberdeen, this was for the Corti Brothers of Sacramento.
Aaaawwww… Old Coal Ila is very rare. You had the official white and yellow labels, you had the golden jug, you had a few G&Ms, you had two or three black dumpies by Cadenhead… And that’s pretty all. But indeed, this is Cadenhead stock. Oh and some used to say that old Caol Ila was better than both old Laphroaig and old Ardbeg. Colour: straw. Nose: let’s be honest, it’s having a little trouble after the monstrous 1983s. This is one charming old lady talking after a gang of cheerleaders on acid. Old newspapers, artisan gherkins in brine, old wardrobe, 50 years old riesling, ‘visiting and old printing house’, old fur coat, old garage, old shoe polish… Indeed this noses ‘old’. No I haven’t written ‘tired’, it’s just a little shy. Certainly more on all things briny than the post-rebuilding CIs. Mouth: oh wait, no no no! This is vibrant, lively, sharp, and pretty much alive! It’s rather herbal, I’d say, with some absinth, genepy, other weirdish herbal liqueurs and spirits, a lot of aniseed, then oils and tart green fruits. Limes aplenty, then smoked salmon, smoked haddock and, yes, caviar. Caviar in a bottle! Smoked caviar, that is, also a little lard. Myrtle and juniper at the spice department. Finish: long, with smoked fish and herbal liqueurs. Amazing retro-olfaction on old Bénédictine. Comments: the nose was worth approx 86-87 in my book, while the palate’s more towards 95. But what’s more important, nose or palate? We may need some kind of capital key weightings… Oh forget! SGP:466 - 93 points.
|Classification||Single Malt Whisky|
|Bottler||R.W. Duthie & Co.|
|ABV/ Volume||46.0%/ 75cl|
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