Tasting notes: Caol Ila 1979 – The Whisky Agency

Caol Ila 1979
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Because Caol Ila is one of my favourite distilleries on Islay, it is always high on my list to taste. (One can never try enough Caol Ilas). So I was pretty happy that I could arrange a sample of this Caol Ila 1979. Lets see what this dram will bring me.

This Caol Ila has matured in a refill hogshead for 33 years and is bottled at 53,7 % ABV. It was a joint bottling from The Whisky Agency and The Nectar.

Caol Ila 1979 The Whisky Agency tasting notes

Nose: I get some smoke and peat, vanilla, some plasticine but that would be a very small amount. Furthermore some brine and maybe a touch of sweetness. Ashy en lime with a very small edge of honey. All very well integrated. Nice!

Taste:¬† Razor sharp and precise… Not sure how to describe this in another way. All very well defined. Lime, grapefruit and some honey sweetness. Salty and ashy.¬†¬†With water it becomes more friendly, less sharp.

Finish: The finish is mid-long. There is some lime, ash and a sweetness that I think comes from the honey.

Overal: A very, very good Caol Ila if you ask me. It stood time well and the spirit of Caol ila can handle 33 years(!) in a bourbon cask without getting to much influence of the cask. This might be to an inactive cask but I would give the credits to the spirit.


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