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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1980 McC
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.40 points
- Tested at Milroy's, left with a bottle...
- Never judge a book by its cover: With the not entirely stellar MacKillop's packaging and the unusually light color for a whisky of this age (barely any color at all) I thought I was in for some very tired elderly Caol Ila from a second rate cask. Boy was I wrong.
It's already quite excellent neat, with a great combo of ripe cantaloupes and very strong peat accompanied by a prominent wood char note (the heaviest among the 7 x old indy Caol Ila bottlings I tried that night). The finish is surprisingly bright and fruity after all that peat has passed, and there's some 'chemical' note, like putty or spackel or somesuch.
With water the nose becomes a bit fishy, like Port Askaig 25, and also more citric. The taste is now absurdly powerful. How is all this harsh peat still here after so many years? Triumph of the spirit right here folks, a pinnacle of austere non-cask driven Islay. Just a bit of grassiness and oiliness in the background. The finish is unending. It's not particularly complex but it just sticks around forever.