Dram Review: Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila Distilled 1980 Imported by Giuseppe Meregalli

[40.0%・Years Old・Distilled in 1980・Bottled in 1993・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling Imported by Giuseppe Meregalli・Limited Release]

Nose:

Filled with seaweed and sweet peat, minerals and some floral notes hanging about followed by a salty broth with smoked candied bacon flakes, the smoke just gets dirtier and dirtier in time.

Palate & Finish:

That Sherry burst is radiant, raisins and smoke just sticking to the palate, exceptional at first but grows a bit thin with the minerals coming about.

A dusty aftertaste of cigarette smoke and earthy tones that get smokier until the English lollies arrive at which point it fades to a sweeter side.

Thoughts:

A really pleasing build up which I like about an early 80s Caol Ila, but just lacking a captivating follow through that would have turned it into a gem..

☆ [Recommended]

-Nicholas

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