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Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1969 Tasting notes and reviews

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Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila 1969

Brand
Gordon & MacPhail
Expression
Caol Ila 1969
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
45.00%
Vintage
1969
Produced at
Gordon & MacPhail ~ Caol Ila Distillery
Region
Islay
Website
www.gordonandmacphail.com
Availability
Exremely limited

Martine Nouet

40
Nose
Lively oak with a sherry character. Toned down creosote. Moss and mushrooms. Smoked chestnuts. Lapsang souchong tea. Then sweet notes come up. Vanilla, toffee, butter scotch.
Palate
Sweet and bitter. Sherried. Smoke hangs above wood.
Finish
Dry, oaky, sooty with a hint of tarred timber.
Comment
Surprisingly, the distillery character resists in this oldie. And peat “revisits” the aromatic palette. Integration again but no fusion.

Dave Broom

35
Nose
High concentration with an immediate wisp of perfumed smoke. Peat retained. An elegant mix of phenols, honeyed sweetness, toffee, and even some pineapple. Robust yet complex.
Palate
Peat from the start. Slightly dry tannins and dry smoke. Singed grass. Hessian.
Finish
Dark chocolate, undergrowth, ashes.
Comment
Everything has deepened and become richer but those oils have been retained and the smoke has controlled everything.
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