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Monday, July 31, 2017

Caol Ila (1984/2000), G&M – CC, 40%

Review #501
This is a 1984 vintage from Gordon & MacPhail’s “Connoisseurs Choice” series. Sweet, citrusy and light peated in the smell. A bit too light all over to be honest, thus not very complex…

More peat comes forward alongside some honey and vanilla in the taste. Some almonds, or more marzipan sweetness perhaps, in the finish. The low ABV kills it rather fast though. The sweet peat is all you are left behind with.

A very fine dram, but oh god how good would this have been at cask strength or even just at 46%. Who would taste this wonderful cask and think “Hey, lets water this all the way down to the absolute minimum requirement!”?? I will give this 83/100 (20/22/21/20).

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