Tasting notes: Caol Ila 2003 – Gordon and MacPhail

Caol Ila 2003
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When in¬†Scotland and particularly¬†in Elgin, you do need to pay a visit to¬†the Gordon MacPhail shop! The shop opened by James Gordon and John Alexander MacPhail in 1895 is still in the same place as where they started.¬†In the whisky room can be found more than 1,000 different whiskies, including of course their own label but also a nice selection of old and rare whiskies. You can imagine¬†that I could not walk out here without buying something! ūüėȬ†And this is one of the purchases: A Caol Ila 2003.

This Caol Ila is has matured in 1st fill bourbon barrels, bottled in 2015 at 46% ABV.

Caol Ila 2003 tasting notes:

Nose: Slightly peat and smoke. There are some fresh citrus fruits, like lemon. Later some creamy butterscotch and almonds in the background.

Taste: Just a little bit of gentle smoke and ash maybe? A hint of salt and some vanilla sweetness.

Finish: The finish is mid-long and here is the smoke again. A hint of vanilla and the citrus fruits are back again. A bit dry.

It is light, clean and gentle. It is not a complex whisky, but just highly enjoyable. A nice daily dram perhaps?


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