Caol Ila 1979 Malts of Scotland
Added on Thursday, Aug 16, 2012 at 08:46 PM
  Bottler: Malts of Scotland
  Age: 33 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1979 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.30 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Overseas Specialty
Distilled 03/1979     Bottled 04/2012     Bourbon Hogshead     Cask MoS 12022     280 Bottles
Member Ratings and Notes

N: Piney, soft peat; lightly sweet.


P: Woody up front. Lightly rubbery; white pepper, light hint of malt and white nectarine.


F: Lightly smoky & piney, light mint and/or menthol.


Nice and light Caol Ila. The slightly minty finish was really nice. 


Nose:  Soft peat fumes and fruit juice.


Palate:  Sweet peat, but subtle enough to detect a malty background.


Finish:  Peaty, malty, a bit peppery.


One of the few peated malts that has clear malty notes as well.  Nicely done.


N: This has lots of distillery character and screamed coal ila. Preserved fish and shellfish lead briney yet oily onslaught. There's a chalkiness to this reminiscent of cutting into dry wall. Faint notes of dry grass and wood can be found once you adjust to the brine and peat.

P: Starts off smoky and ashy with a good dose of citrus. The dark tarry notes continue with oily peat and star anise. This just makes me think of a diesel engine and motor oil.

F: Suprinsingly the finish peps up a bit with crisp peppermint.



N: Peat, bicycle inner tube, some light BBQ notes.
P: Wow, this is very funky.   Quite dry and astringent.   Lots of iodine and Bactine.  

F:  Dry and long, layers of iodine. 

This one is an odd bird, but the overall result is still quite enjoyable.


n:  Sweet and nutty


p:  Peach, citrus, bit of salt.  Peppermint.




N: Plums, fresh cut grapes

P: A little peat, but more sweet sherriness. Definitely also got the peppermint others were getting at the meeting. 

F: Long, confident.


It's nice, but it could be bolder and more complex.  

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