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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
A chalky start. Sweet lime, peat, tangerine, apple and white chocolate. A light whiff of biscuits.
Peat, orange, apple, white chocolate and spices.
Peat, dark chocolate, apple and vanilla.
- 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.
- 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.
Soft peat smoke, smoked ham and barbecued fish, along with more delicate, floral notes. Followed by pineapples and sea weed.
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.
Very long with a pleasant warmth. Some sweet smoke and salt. Gets a bit dryer towards the end.
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.
- Sample via Hvdree, top stuff. Fits perfectly in my street.
Full; peat, smoked bacon, vanilla.
Sweet, peat, again vanilla, fruity (ripe fruit), caramelised apple.
Long, mouth full, waxy / oily. Naturally peat.