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Caol Ila 22 Year Old 1990 The Whiskyman


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

7th Jun 2013


Caol Ila 22 Year Old 1990 The Whiskyman
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I was given a sample of this Coal Ila at the Festival of Independent Bottlers in Belgium, by a member of the Whisky Friends of Tongeren, a relatively young whisky club. They share this bottle – from the Whiskyman, aka Dominick Bouckaert – with Vinothek Massen in Luxemburg. It is a 22 Year Old Caol Ila from 1990. It can only be obtained from the club or in the Luxemburg shop for just under 100 EUR.

Ah, this is a wonderfully soft Coal Ila nose. Fruity on apple sauce, grilled pineapple and pomelo. Gooseberries and slightly bitter Seville oranges. Then some typical maritime elements emerge, which I so adore in Caol Ila.

On the palate, is is the sweet peat that speaks first. Smoke mackerel sprinkled with lime juice. Some ashes kick in quickly. A touch of mint and pepper. Midpalate a surge of sweetness of brown sugar and even whipped cream! Outstanding! Add water, you say? I think not.

The finish is wonderfully long and smoky on citrus and liquorice and make me long for more.

But that might be tough as it is only available in the club or the shop in Luxemburg, as I said. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the Belgian clubmembers keep all these to themselves. This is one helluva Caol Ila.

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