Caol Ila 25 (Best Casks of Scotland 1983/2008) Review

This is a 25 year Caol Ila matured in re-coopered hogsheads and bottled at 46% ABV.

Nose: Seaweed, subdued peat, subtle sweet barbecue sauce, lime zest, brackish water, and a bit of buttery scallops.

Palate: Peat still subdued with dried/decaying leaves, earthy oak, mussels, apple peels, and a hint of bitter chocolate.

Finish: Lime notes stick around with mushrooms and woody malt.

Rating: 89/100 – Not an in your face peated dram, but lots of great subtle notes going on forming a great balance.

Value for the money: I believe I paid around $225 shipped from an EU site a couple years back for this one, and I think that’s a pretty fair price for what you’re getting.

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