Month: November 2013

Caol Ila 18 Years Old 1994/2012 Sassicaia Wood Finish (45%, G&M, Private Collection, 1100 bottles)

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Although this is one of the smoothest and most interesting Caol Ila expression I have had in a long time, there are still some elements of this distillate that I can’t seem to love no matter how hard I try. This is a very special combination of subtle smoke and huge fruity wine flavours and all credit to Gordon & MacPhail for a superb maturation and bottling. 86/100

Laphroaig 12 Year Old 1996/2009 Bass (58.6%, Lockett Bros, Bourbon HH #7288, 276 bottles)

Laphroaig 12 Year Old Cask Strength The Bass Lockett Bros

Laphroaig’s no-nonsense intense peaty style actually lends itself rather well to cask strength whisky. I don’t know if the quoted 40ppm phenolics just subtly blend into what I think of as the stereotypical Laphroaig taste or if their distillation process and maturation removes the halogenated [chloro-phenol] most medicinal/TCP-esque nasal offenders? Either way this one seriously warms the cockles! 89/100