After the Glen Garioch, we seemed more in the mood to return to the Islays and a peatier dram. Particularly if it happened to be a Caol Ila 36 year, bottled by Cadenhead’s! Who wouldn’t be tempted? And what did we find?
Caol Ila 36 year (1980 – July 2016) Bourbon Hogshead, 52.3% (Cadenhead’s) 210 bottle
- Nose – Paint shop, fevicole adhesive, creamy, muted, original bitter hing (asefetodi) , ritaful (soap nut), burnt orange peel, echo of peat. As it opened up, it revealed a sweet spice
- Palate – Lots of vegetables, from an echo of peat, it grew into a proper peat and soooooo sweet and smooth
- Finish – Green capsicum then a long cinnamon spice
And Krishna’s reaction? “OMG! This is beautiful for a winter day.”
This is definitely a whisky that benefits from time to open as it became more brilliant as it aired. For me, the nose was the most rewarding element. Perhaps not for everyone. And certainly not for everyone’s pocketbook but worth settling down with if you get a chance.
What else did we sample in our Krishna Collection evening in July 2017?
- Glen Grant 60 year (14 Oct 1950 – 22 Nov 2010), CS No 2750, 2760 40%
- Bowmore 12 year (1970s – 80s) 40%
- Bowmore 16 year “The Prestonfield” Vintage 1972 (28 Feb 1972 – 1988), CS No 1036-39 43%
- Glen Garioch 17 year (1996-2016) Cask No 3730 55.7% (Adelphi)
- Laphroaig 19 year (Oct 1996-Feb 2016) Cask No 10720 53.9% (Old Particular)
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