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Caol Ila 19 yo 1995 Signatory #457 + 458 vs Caol Ila 1990 Mackillop’s Choice #1484

Caol Ila 19 yo 1995 Signatory #457 + 458 46% The fresh sort of peaty Islay, more buttered burnt toast than unholy infernos. A light toned but rooty ‘clean earth’ … Continue reading

February 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila ‘Handwritten Label’ 1969 / 1985 59.9% for Meregalli vs Caol Ila 15 yo ‘Celtic Label’  1969 / 1984 Gordon & Macphail 60.4% for Intertrade

Not the Caol Ila we know today, this Caol Ila is the older one demolished to be rebuilt as the one we know. Caol Ila ‘Handwritten Label’ 1969 / 1985 … Continue reading

November 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila CL4 Speciality Drinks vs Caol Ila Distillery Only 2007

A funny thing I notice about Caol Ila is that great and consistent though it generally is, it wouldn’t pop up as a first thought in the minds of people … Continue reading

June 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila 17 yo 1995/2013, The Whisky Agency vs Caol Ila 33 yo 1979, Malts of Scotland, #12022

Caol Ila is another old faithful on Islay. Everybody knows the scale of production here, yes it’s huge, some say industrial. You know in perusing whisky related content online, I … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila 30 yo 1983 Special Release 2014 vs Caol Ila 33 yo 1980 #10159 Directors Cut

No messing about. I want something good, peaty and well matured tonight. Laphroaig and Caol Ila usually hold court in that category. It’s going to be Caol Ila since it … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila 18yo Sestante 57% Sherrywood (circa 1978) vs Caol Ila 14yo Sestante for Novocento 64.3% (1978)

This is whisky from a closed distillery. No, Caol Ila is very much open for business. But this Caol Ila was distilled at the old distillery before it’s 1972 complete … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Port Ellen 25yo 1982 Berry Bros #2469 46% vs Caol Ila 29yo 1984 Hunter Laing 50.2%

Sister distilleries, one survived and the other didn’t. But why? That Port Ellen stopped distilling in 1983 is a great tragedy most today will agree on. That Port Ellen was only … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Caol Ila: G&M Reserve 1996/2009 13yo #16116 46%, 18yo Official ~2014, Perfect Dram 1995/2013 18yo 50.6%

Caol Ila is, simply put, under-appreciated. Peat heads see it as a gentle peater but it makes an excellent consistent malt that seems to do well at any age. Not … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · 2 Comments

Caol Ila 12 yo OB

Caol Ila is a huge distillery, at 6 stills and 3.75 million litres of newmake a year. Most would know it as the blending beast feeding Diageo’s blends, but did … Continue reading

January 22, 2014 · Leave a comment
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