Caol Ila

Caol Ila 27 Years Old 1983 Cask 1118 ~ 46% (Carn Mor)

Caol Ila 27 Years Old 1983 Cask 1118

Islay single malt scotch whisky

46% ABV, £19.50 for 20cl

Score: 92/100


What they say:

The Carn Mor Vintage Collection is a truly unique Single Malt Whisky anthology. 24 single malt scotch whiskies, from 24 individual casks, from 24 selected distilleries, from 24 different vintages all bottled at 46%abv in a 20cl bottle.

This example was distilled at Caol Ila distillery in 1983 and matured in hogshead cask 1118 for 27 years before bottling in 2010 at 46% ABV, producing 1077 bottles at 20cl. Non chill filtered, no added colour.


What I say:

Purchased from Lockett Bros in North Berwick, sub-£20 for a 27 year old Caol Ila malt distilled in 1983 sounded like a bargain. Bottled by Carn Mor as part of their vintage collection.


Dark amber gold (10/20), thick/heavy tears


Icing sugar sweetness, vanilla, coconut, musty oak, dunnage warehouse, caramel, earthy, chalky fruit sweeties (Pez), perfumed, rose lilac and lavender


Smooth and sweet peat ash, charcoal biscuits, dusty, chalky, icing sugar, vanilla, vanilla frosting, coconut, milk bottle sweeties


Long, icing sugar, vanilla frosting, subtle earthy ashy peat


My overall impression was Awesome! I really loved this Caol Ila – that time in the cask has paid off and brought the slightly acrid CI cigarette smoke down to a real delicate chalky ash. At the same time, this has been imbued with pure vanilla essence from the cask and has a real icing sugar sweetness. A shame that it only comes in 20cl bottles.


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