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Overall rating 3 votes 90.33
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Mackillop's Choice (McC)
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Cask Strength
Vintage
21.05.1980
Bottled
09.2014
Stated Age
34 years old
Casknumber
4962
Number of bottles
235
Strength
53.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 Nov 2014 4:31 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Member rates

7 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 23
Finish 23
Balance 22

Tastingtags

2 Notes

Thermidor
Expert Senior Thermidor Note
06 Feb 2017 10:02 am
Thermidor gave this whisky 92 points

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.
Hvdree
Connoisseur Hvdree Review note
05 Jun 2016 9:17 pm
Hvdree gave this whisky 90 points
Weighted Rate
90
Nose
89
Initial taste
91
Body
91
Finish
90
Price
88
Presentation
90
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