Caol Ila 25 yo 1979/2005 (50%, Douglas Laing OMC, DL 1358, 296 bottles)
Colour: pale gold. Nose: starts on some bold, simple but beautiful fresh fruits (just apples and pears but of the best kinds), together with quite some paraffin and, of course, smoke. The balance is perfect, with also some very clean farmy notes, a little tar and some notes of smoked salmon. Extremely compact and ‘coherent’, I like it a lot. Mouth: rather smooth at first sip, although very ‘solid’. Maybe a little weaker (or ‘less bold’) than on the nose, but with, again, lots of fresh apples. Un-sugared tea, apple skins, fresh walnuts… The finish is long, with something ‘Kidaltonely’ medicinal. Anyway, a superb old Caol Ila, no doubt. Too bad I couldn’t taste it head-to-head with the 25 yo OB, I’ll try to do that one day. 91 points.