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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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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

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