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Overall rating
90.16/100
votes
21
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Vintage
1978
Bottled
1992
Casknumber
5347-351 + 11553-564
Strength
63.7 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
16 Jan 2012 7:25 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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21 × member ratings

Level Username Rating
Expert Senior spleen
93
Expert Senior checkpointrk
93
Expert Senior checkpointuk
93
Specialist Whisky
93
Expert Senior woxna
92
Member Junior checkpointsk
92
Expert Senior Slick
92
Expert Senior Yuxan
91
Expert Senior Macheye
91
Expert Senior Sands81
91
Expert Senior claixang
91
Expert Senior Lustret
90
Member Senior Socke
89
Expert Senior Reasoner
89
Expert Senior Slac
89
Expert Junior Mickeman
89
Expert Senior Berghain
89
Expert Senior Nurmaliss
88
Expert Junior FarclasFirst
87
Expert Senior Sandman
84
Expert Senior Reyan
79

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1978 GM

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.16 points

  1. Macheye scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I’m still rather blown away by how easy-going this Caol Ila is at such a high ABV. That said, this is still worth diluting as additional aromas and flavours come to the fore with just a touch of water. There’s a ton of distillery character here - and it’s all superbly defined and coherent. Quite excellent.
    • Nose
      Candyfloss sweetness combined with pronounced salinity and exceptionally lively lemon peels and lemon curd. Deeper fruits develop – poached pears, apricots and honeydew melon. Smoke is immediate and highly coastal – minerals, ozone, iodine and a touch of bromine. Underlying are gentle bakery aromas – buns and rolls – alongside golden syrup and toasted barley. Water adds some overt seafood flavours – sweet crab and salty prawns, as well as plenty of briny water.
    • Taste
      This is bonkers drinkable – is the hydrometer reading of 63.7% correct? The delivery is of sharp and defined citrus, honey and melon. It is followed by a wave of coastal peat smoke – sweet, but full of salinity, scallops and crab cakes. Bitterness develops in the mid palate (it balances perfectly with the sweet fruits and the sour citrus) – balsamic, furniture polish, camphor and a touch of menthol. In the back palate, there are further bakery flavours – but they’re burnt – toast and charred pastry – they’re joined by a building pepperiness. The addition of water (which, amazingly, I don’t think is essential here) adds depth and nuance – burnt ends, meat stock and plenty of kippers. It also heightens minerality – sharp-edged granite and limestone quarries.
    • Finish
      Exceedingly long with sweet but salty seafood and ashy coastal smoke.

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