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Rare Malts Caol Ila 1977, 20 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Rare Malts Caol Ila 1977, 20 Years Old

Brand
Rare Malts
Expression
Caol Ila 1977, 20 Years Old
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
20 years old
Abv
61.30%
Vintage
1977
Produced at
~ Caol Ila Distillery
Region
Islay
Website
www.malts.com
Availability
Japan, Canada, Caribbean, Duty-free

Michael Jackson

90
Nose
Powerfully aromatic. Roasted peppers. Olives. Salt.
Palate
Oily, soothing. Roasted peppers, olives, lemon juice.
Finish
Dry, junipery, vine-leaves, stemmy. Intense, expressive.
Comment
A wonderful aperitif. Who would have thought of a Scotch to precede Greek food?

Jim Murray

75
Nose
Fat, oily and lazilly smoky. Slightly kippery with salt and vanilla.
Palate
Sweet at first then a massive oaky intervention which dries the malt. Peat and dark chocolate.
Finish
Dark chocolate digestive biscuits with a peaty, toasty edge. Some saltiness comes through on the clinging, oily finish. Slightly tired oak spoils the balance.
Comment
A big malt, but carrying little of the magic that sets Port Ellen apart in this group. A stark reminder of what Islay has lost.
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