Overall rating
Single Malt
Mackillop's Choice (McC)
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
World of Whiskies
Added on
12 Jan 2015 7:32 pm by Newonwhiskey2014
Non-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 297.00

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1979 McC

1 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 92.50 points

  1. Thermidor scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Tasted with Elements of Islay Cl7 (90pts), Douglas Laing XOP 1989 cask 10749 (90), MacKillop's 1980 cask 4962 (92), Signatory 1983 cask 5298 (91), Port Askaig 25 (92) and G&M 1969 14yo (92).
    • Nose
      Lamp oil, hair conditioner, poolwater, litchis dipped in boot grease? There's this Bowmore-like sweet tropical fruit aroma that's not quite the usual Caol Ila citrus. Altogether this is very 'chemical' on the nose but in a lovely way. Very different from the current OBs. There is wood here, elderly as expected, but not very upfront. Seems like the distillate is doing most of the work. Old paints and dried varnish.
    • Taste
      Strong, smooth and complex. Is this for sure not a particularly peated Bowmore? I'm joking. The peat is as expected of an Islay-er of this vintage: it sinks into the gums rather than just burns on the palate. There's a lot of it but it isn't aggressive or overbearing. What it is is very all-encompassing - something that ties everything else in the whisky together and makes the body first class. "But was it not ruined by being reduced to 46% before bottling", I hear you ask. Nope. I don't know what the cask str. of this old cask was originally but at bottling strength it is still a flavour bomb and there's no flabbiness or weakness in the body at all. 

      With some water the peat comes out stronger and rakes the tongue a bit. Porridge and a certain gummi candy from my youth (Roope Ankan Kolikot). 
    • Finish
      Wood, then lamp oil, salted herring, some tar, aluminium, then medical tablets and lasting peatiness. Takes quite some time to settle down. Sea salt at the very end.  Works wonderfully, all told.


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