Caol Ila 19 (Signatory Vintage 1995 Un-Chillfiltered Collection) Review

This is a 19 year Caol Ila from Signatory’s Un-Chillfiltered collection which was matured in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Ashy peat mixed with iodine, leather, smoky beef jerky, pine sap, and dried tobacco.

Palate: Pungent peat with immense ashy notes behind it – sour oak, very thick smoke still. I didn’t expect the peat to be quite this strong at 19 years.

Finish: Ash still remains in forefront with the peat simmering down a bit.

Rating: 84/100

Value for the money: Guessing this retailed between $70-$100, and I would probably pass at that price unless a strong ashy peat is your preferred Islay, in which case this will be right up your alley.

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