Mackillop’s Choice Caol Ila 31 years (1979/2011) 46%

Every once and a while a rare whisky comes my way… something special shared with pride.

Such was the case one fine evening in Mumbai many months ago where this 31 year Caol Ila graced our sipping, conversing and collective appreciation of whisky…

Caol Ila 31 years (2 May 1979 / March 2011) 46% Bottle 150 (Mackillop’s Choice)

I remember thinking of an apple orchard that has gone sour – but in a rather tasty way. Lots of smoke but old style not hit over the head. More of that fabulous fruitiness…

I remember rolling this around and just taking pleasure in its full flavour, throwing some salty nuts in with the sweet peat and fruits. No off notes, instead a delicious blanket enveloping in smokey goodness.

The finish had a bit of liquorice… long and sweet

It really was quite stupendous.

You will have to forgive my scant recollections as I didn’t take my normal notes. It was instead just a special evening with friends and exceedingly good drams. And one I was very grateful to be able to join and enjoy.

This particular single cask release was specially selected for World of Whiskies  – yes duty free! And last seen auctioned for £150.

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