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Overall rating
87.53/100
votes
37
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
John McCrae & Co. (JMC)
Bottling serie
McCrae's
Vintage
03.1991
Bottled
02.2014
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Number of bottles
279
Strength
53.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060354243077
Added on
25 Aug 2014 1:03 pm by Cipidos
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 97,65

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37 × member ratings

56 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1991 JMC

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.53 points

  1. GJR scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. GJR scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      A chalky start. Sweet lime, peat, tangerine, apple and white chocolate. A light whiff of biscuits.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Peat, orange, apple, white chocolate and spices.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Peat, dark chocolate, apple and vanilla.

  4. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: In the nose first a load of smoke, slightly sweet, caramel and fresh lemon. He tingles something in the nose, can be salt, can the alcohol be, or both?
    Taste: Strong in the beginning, very spicy, I would almost speak of a Chilicatch, as we know it from Skye. Caramel is back, smoke too.
    Finish: Long finish, spicy-smoky, oak is clearly noticeable for the first time, slightly bitter.

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    VanillaI have to admit that until recently I had not even heard of this bottler: John McCrae & Co from Glasgow. They only have two casks on their resumé so far, both bottled in 2014 and both exclusively for the Belgian market. Next to a Littlemill 21 Year Old, they also bottled this Caol Ila 22 Year Old.

    Classic Caol Ila nose, but with an extra dose of vanilla. Citrus fruit and some maritime elements follow suit, but the sweet vanilla usurps all the attention. Caramel and a drop of honey add to that sensation, making it a surprising sweet nose.

    Great body. Mouth coating. Piquant. Pepper and nutmeg, a bit of candied ginger and some liquorice caress the taste buds. The citrus is not more outspoken, together with some apples. Grapefruit, if you ask me. Midpalate it turns salty for a second, but it certainly does not last. Again the caramel and vanilla dominate, turning it very sweet (for a Caol Ila) again.

    The long, spicy finish is bittersweet with a touch of smoke. At the death, a slice of pineapple takes me by surprise. Lovely!

    If there is such a thing as a dessert whisky from Islay, this would be the textbook example. Very good and available for around 120 EUR.

  8. Dramlicious scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose

    Soft peat smoke, smoked ham and barbecued fish, along with more delicate, floral notes. Followed by pineapples and sea weed.

    Taste

    Smooth and sweet. The peat smoke is back again and a bit stronger now. Vanilla, dried fruits, honey and caramel are balanced by a slightly sour note. Ends with a salty touch.

    Finish

    Very long with a pleasant warmth. Some sweet smoke and salt. Gets a bit dryer towards the end.

    Overall

    What a very well selected cask! All the good stuff you can expect from a great refill hogshead joined by soft smoke. A very nice and highly enjoyable dram.

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  9. Tomh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Sample via Hvdree, top stuff. Fits perfectly in my street.
    • Nose
      Full; peat, smoked bacon, vanilla.
    • Taste
      Sweet, peat, again vanilla, fruity (ripe fruit), caramelised apple.
    • Finish
      Long, mouth full, waxy / oily. Naturally peat.

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

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