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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Caol Ila 22 yo (1989), SMWS 53.170, 55,1 %

Review #238
This whisky is called “Toast Hawaii” and comes from a refill ex-hogshead. Only 183 bottles were made. Light dried fruity sweetness with just a hint of peat on the nose. Little by little, some oak and marzipan makes an appearance.

Definitely some more peat in the taste. There is still some fruit with the peat, but the presence of the alcohol is massive. The finish is nice and mellow though. Ripe plums all the way!

Water makes this whisky much more approachable all over. It really makes the oak influence stand out. I think that SMWS is great at choosing Caol Ila casks. I will rate this 90/100 (23/22/23/22).

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