Caol Ila 29 (Bladnoch Forum 1980/2009 Cask #4939) Review

This is a 29 year Caol Ila matured in a refill sherry hogshead and bottled at 55.1% ABV.

Nose: Blackberry coulis, honey, faint smoke, subtle peat, sour oak, and some licorice.

Palate: Quite oaky with blueberry/blackberry notes, mild peat, grassy, nutty, some brown rice, and plum wine.

Finish: Oak dominant with leather and black cherry.

Rating: 89/100 – Quite good – the sherry influence isn’t overwhelming and the peat has mellowed to a good, complimentary level.

Value for the money: Looks like this might run $250-300 which is in line with most other Caol Ilas of this age, and it would be toward the top of my list if you’re looking for a 25-30 year Caol Ila around $300.

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