Caol Ila 23 (Mackillop’s Choice 1990/2013 Cask #1484)

This is a 23 year Caol Ila matured in an ex-bourbon cask and bottled at 55.9% ABV.

Nose: Powerful peat heavy on the ashy side with campfire embers, dry & brittle oak, iodine, burnt chicken, black pepper, and a bit of currants.

Palate: Heavy ashes and black pepper with the pungent peat dominant throughout. A bit of brine soaked oak.

Finish: Oak becomes slightly sweet as tannins emerge alongside carbonized meat notes.

Rating: 84/100

Value for the money: This looks to have retailed around $120 on Master of Malt originally which is a pretty fair price. I wouldn’t pay anything over that though.

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