Caol Ila

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1988 Cask 985

Caol Ila 26 Year Old 1988 Oloroso Cask Finish [Cask #985] (Single Cask Sample)

  • ~ low 50’s % ABV (at a guess), £ priceless
  • Score: 86/100

What they say:

Distilled in 1988 and matured for 26 years, this Caol Ila expression has been finished in an Oloroso sherry cask. Served directly from the cask we guestimated the alcohol percentage to be in the low 50’s.

Caol Ila 985 Glass

What I say:

Drawn directly from the cask, this was our final sampling expression concluding our tour of Caol Ila Distillery. Also as it was late in the day and we were being overly generous with the Valinch we decamped out of the warehouse into the beautiful evening sunshine and relaxed on the jetty to finish our whisky.


Deep amber Rosé


Nutty, raisins, faint rubbery hint, prunes, suede leather, TCP/medicinal, hospital iodine, antiseptic germolene and sea salt spray


Sweet and warming, oranges, nutty walnut, prunes and raisins, burnt rubber tyres and old leather bound journals develop into a rooty fibrous humic earthy flavour


Well rounded and complex a little fruity prune and rubbery antiseptic linger and linger

Would I buy it:

We tried but sadly they wouldn’t bottle it for sale. Perhaps too far gone/over aged for some of our party, but most of us thought it was delicious like herbal rubber antiseptic. Getting the chance to drink was amazing, sipping it on the Caol Ila jetty in the sunshine, next the crystal clear water of the sound of Islay under the imposing Paps of Jura was just divine. The perfect end to our tour of Caol Ila Distillery and just the beginning of our epic Islay adventure.

Categories: Caol Ila, Islay

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