Caol Ila 25 (Bladnoch Forum 1983/2009 Hogshead Cask #4806) Review

This is a 25 year Caol Ila that was bottled by the Bladnoch Forum at 52.7% ABV.

Nose: Peat fairly subdued tucked behind folds of smoldering oak, fresh thyme, dried meats, and some iodine.

Palate: Peat amps up a little bit with a moldy/weathered oak profile behind it alongside heavy vegetal notes.

Finish: Turns a bit dry with the peat lingering softly with a tinge of oak and tobacco smoke – muted overall.

Rating: 87/100 – A very nice Caol Ila that feels a bit subdued overall.

Value for the money: I bought into a bottle split at a roughly $400 valuation – I would not pay that price for a bottle. If this were available at retail, I’d probably spend up to $150 or so.

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