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Caol Ila 1995 SMWS 53.173

Category Single Malt from Islay, Scotland
Details Details
Distillery
District Islay
Bottler Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Bottling serie Glowing embers on the tongue
Vintage 29.08.1995
Age 16 years old
Casktype Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber 53.173
Strength 59.8 % Vol.
Number of bottles 540
Size 700 ml
Uncolored Non-chillfiltered Cask Strength Single Cask Whisky
Sb17sw Review note
less than a year ago
Sb17sw gave this whisky 86 points

Golden Amber. Leather, charcoal, salt and oranges. Petroleum, medicinal and seaweed. Quite pungent and aromatic. Very much an Islay. Sweet, salty, leathery and peaty. Surprisingly subtle on the peaty finish. Dryness in my mouth.

Weighted Rate
86
Nose
88
Initial taste
88
Body
87
Finish
85
Price
83
Presentation
85
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John Barleycorn Note
about a year ago

SMWS Tasting Notes

Colour: Pale yellow

Flavour: Peated

Typical sooty, briny and oily fish scents initially with citric, herbal and medicinal background notes but there were also shout outs for ‘wet fish boxes’, ‘peppered roast carrots’ ‘light honey on brown toast’, and ‘tart berries’. To taste the Panel agreed it had a very ashy texture – hot ash, ‘like glowing embers’ said one – but the vanilla and honey helped counterbalance the salty, smoky and sweet medicinal characters. The addition of water brought out harbourside notes with drying kelp, dried fish, and rock pools; less of an impact to taste but very refreshing nonetheless. This distillery was completely rebuilt in 1972.

Drinking Tip: When you want to THINK of a long walk along the beach

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Overall rating All versions
11 member votes
84.67
Average review ratings All versions
Weighted Rate
86.40
Nose - Aroma
88.00
Initial taste
88.00
Body
87.00
Finish
85.00
Price
83.00
Presentation
85.00
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