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18 Mar 2013

Caol Ila 1990 (The Whiskyman)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Caol Ila

This Caol Ila 1990 was selected and bottled by The Whiskyman for whisky club De Tongerse Whiskyvrienden and Vinothek Massen in Luxemburg. This is also the only shop where you will find it.

 

 

Caol Ila 1990 - The WhiskymanCaol Ila 22 yo 1990
(52,1%, The Whiskyman 2012, refill bourbon hogshead #12505, 114 btl.)

Nose: really elegant. Coastal notes up front (iodine, sea breeze). Citrus and apple peel, as well as a fat / waxy note. Warm hay in the sun. Also very faint pineapple candy / bubblegummy notes. Hints of vanilla. A little bergamot even? Beautiful nose, complex and delicately weighted. Mouth: punchy, showing more (sweet) peat, lemon (or rather lime) and smoked fish. Slightly camphory with hints of menthol. Sugared mocha in the aftertaste. Finish: long, smoky with sweet liquorice and lemon.

Another very pleasant Caol Ila, slightly more complex, offering both the coastal side and a more delicate part. Around € 95.

Score: 88/100

Caol Ila 1990 (The Whiskyman) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-03-18

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  • pb: This had some very conflicting tastes. Without ice, I found it almost unbearable (maybe my palate isn't ready for 60% ABV)...but, without ice, there
  • pb: I managed to get my hands on this in the US---it's hardly available here. Easy drinking----hints of sweet caramel, coconut and vanilla. Really opens
  • Tabrulavubeg: The post is more than 3 years old. But I got to buy a bottle of Old Bothwell Cask 2039 today to find that this also was a bottling from the same cask!

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