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Overall rating
95.16/100
votes
69
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
R. W. Duthie & Co. (RWD)
Bottling serie
Full proof
Vintage
1968
Bottled
1982
Strength
57.0 % Vol.
Size
750 ml
Bottled for
Samaroli
Added on
07 Aug 2010 5:20 pm
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 2440.00

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69 × member ratings

33 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1968 RWD

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 95.16 points

  1. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    He's very awesome, I don't think I have to explain the grading, especially as a vintage Caol Ila fanboy. But the rating on WB is very funny, all the top 7-8 ratings (98-100 points all) are all Italian-sounding usernames .... yes, yes. : D
    • Nose
      Very interesting nose, I am undecided whether it is Old Bottle Flavor or not, as it is perfectly married to the elegant smoke, like old, slightly damp parchment that is burned, with aromatic incense sticks, hazelnut, macadamia nut, gentle, black pepper, earl Gray, chamomile tea, tick lemon peel, salt, vanilla, camphor, candied ginger, sage
    • Taste
      Almonds, pistachio, ginger, chamomile tea, nice citrus notes, lime, lemon, but also white grapefruit, earl gray, nutmeg, soft pepper, camphor, like absolute Caol Ila (1980s) concentrate by syringe, tick banana, kiwi, old parchment, walnut , Chestnut, autumn leaves, anise, gingerbread and speculoos, ginger
    • Finish
      Cardamom, cinnamon, some great, spicy Christmas cookies, anise, almonds, a hint of iodine, leather, very long

  2. zzs0529 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Elegant and long Carrilla
    • Nose
      95 95
      Smell the fragrance: grassy, earthy, lemon and particularly strong pepper style. I didn't expect it to be so strong and powerful after being opened for so long.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Entrance: Sour plums, red apples, lemon notes, maple sugar, pine branches, like the bonfire of a stove, with the smell of salted butter, right, and peat ...
    • Finish
      94 94
      Final rhyme: a touch of peat, smoky, sugary black tea with earthy flavor, a tapestry taste of the old hotel.

  3. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    Strong, heavy smoke, with a very slight mustiness (Old bottle flavor?), In combination reminiscent of an old coal cellar. Freshly crushed Szechuan pepper, smoked eel, damp dew at the port. Some freshly cut green apple.

    Mouth:
    Quite mild for 57% on first try, nut oil and citrus. Strong pepper only comes with the second wave of flavors. Salty and maritime, like lip licking after a walk on the beach. Apple, again smoked eel (a little more greasy / fatty than eg smoked salmon).

    Finish:
    Medium to long, salty-sour, becoming bitter towards the end

    93/100

    Conclusion:
    Right, really great whisky, heavier than the character today but still clearly recognizable as Caol Ila. Very complex and intense for 14 years

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 96 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful! lemons, yellow fruits a touch of spiciness and such an elegant peat. Definitely one of the best whiskies I have ever tried

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 96 points Moderator

    Extremely well balanced which makes it a great overall experience - fantastic!
    • Nose
      97 97
      Seabreeze, intense iodine, smoked fish, citrus fruits, lemons, peaches, hints of peat, honeydew, spices, more fruity, very well balanced - perfect!
    • Taste
      96 96
      Punchy, oily, fruity, salty, peaty and smoke, hints of vanilla, more lemons - excellent!
    • Finish
      95 95
      Long, warm, last breath, fading fruitiness

  6. Dede scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind.

    Nose: The first nose is a marvel. Fruit compote, wax, encaustic, old library, precious wood ... A malt Chesterfield. A hint of smoke too. And especially a big aromatic power. It is quickly more austere with aeration, much less fruity and gains a medicinal dimension, but also something exotic, lemon confit. The peat, elegant, makes its place. Turpentine. The impression of having passed from the banks of the Spey to the coasts of Islay. Strange ... but far from unpleasant! Second pass: same ... Palate: Powerful (we must type well in the 55%), complex and melted. A salty side, very fine peat, cough syrup, sweet citrus, a little pineapple and a nice licorice / gentian bitterness, resinous notes. Second pass: idem. Post-blind note: Coal smoke! How could I miss out in blind?

    Finish: Long, intense, marked by gentian, peaty malt, resin.

    Conclusion: A magnificent malt. An old Islay? Ardbeg ??

    Regressed in parallel with the 1968 Intertrade and the 1974 Signatory C # 5-9, I pass its rating from 94 to 96.

  7. goran scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    To quibble a little, it's a pity that the pepper is so present, it hides a little fruit but it's still very good (BT2015)
    • Nose
      peat, citrus fruits, exotic fruits, mint
    • Taste
      peppery, herbaceous, the fruits of the nose
    • Finish
      peppery and fruity

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