Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Mackillop's Choice (McC)
Bottling serie
Single Cask - Cask Strength
Stated Age
34 years old
Number of bottles
53.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 Nov 2014 4:37 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 351.50

13 × in wishlist

18 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1980 McC

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.50 points

  1. A0525 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  2. Макс scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. c02pon scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Tested at Milroy's, left with a bottle...
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90


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