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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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  • Tabrulavubeg: I've tried the 18yo Single Cask yesterday. It's really quite good, but from Ruben's conclusion "an exquisite version of this already really good dram"
  • Johan Andersson: Yes this cask is really fantastic. If you did the Cadenhead Warehouse tasting with Grant MacPherson in Campbeltown 2013 and until Open Day in May 2014
  • Gal(WhiskyIsrael): Agreed. I was quite disappointed with this one as well as the 17 (nicer but still way too expensive for what it offers). the olders ones are the ones

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