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21 Dec 2008

Caol Ila 1975 20y (Rare Malts)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Caol Ila

caolila_5_8There are magnificent jewels in the Rare Malts collection from Diageo. Twelve years ago, this was the first Caol Ila release in the series. Information and tasting notes about this bottling are now very scarce.

 

Caol Ila 1975 20y (61,18%, RM 1996)

Nose: seaweed, peat, grassy notes, faintly medicinal. A touch of sweet apples. Not a lot of smoke here. With water: wax. Not exactly surprising for a Coal Ila, but still impressive and refined. Palate: hello smoke! Rather peppery. Overpowering attack, very robust. Spicy taste, liquorice and a sweet layer of honey. Finish on almonds, pear and chocolate. Slightly bitter notes as well. Very long.

Absolutely deserves 90/100.

Caol Ila 1975 20y (Rare Malts) 4 Ruben Luyten 2008-12-21
  • Jan

    I had this beautiful bottle many years ago…..

    Bought it in an airport for approx. 50 £ – my most expensive whisky at that time (and almost still today!)

    I cannot express ‘tasting notes’, but I remember it as the best whisky I have ever tasted (probably it HAD to be, since I found it so expensive and luxurious ;-).

    And now I wish I hadn’t drunk it – or better, that I had invested in a few extras, so I could now sell them for 10 times the price – or better: drink them too ;-)

  • Peter R.

    You should have kept it. You can make an easy 500 for it now !

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
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