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18 Mar 2013

Caol Ila 1990 (The Whiskyman)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted 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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