Caol Ila - Connoisseurs Choice - 1969 16 year old

75cl / 750ml / 40%
Product Details
Region / Type
Distillery
Caol Ila
Series / Description
Connoisseurs Choice
Vintage
1969
Year Bottled
1985
Age
16 year old
Alcohol ABV
40%
Cask Wood Type
Oak
Packaging
Original Box
Bottler
Gordon and MacPhail
Country of Origin
Scotland
Stopper
Screw Cap
Bottle Type
Standard
Bottle Size
75cl / 750ml
Neck Level
Base Neck
HTFW Cat. No.
LP8877
£1,299.95

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Product Description

This extremely rare 16 year old Islay single malt was laid to rest at the Caol Ila distillery in 1969 and bottled for Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice series in the mid-1980's.

I have had a few modern expressions from this Islay distillery so I was keen to try one from a few decades ago.

The nose didn't disappoint! Fresh yet earthy with smoke, peat, with nuts and peaches. Some tar and old leather and a little salt. A lot going on, and every bit of it brilliant. The taste continues where the nose left off. Quite light, with a creamy nuttiness underlying a gentle peatiness. Hints of leather and sweet vanilla. Every now and then a waft of smoke comes past. Truly fantastic! The finish lasts forever, and is warmer and heavier than the taste. The smoke and the peat become stronger, but not overwhelming. The leather and saltiness continue, along with the creamy nuttiness.

A fitting end to a fantastic malt. How the hell this whisky packs this much flavour into 40%, I have no idea. This makes some Cask Strength whiskies seem a little pale and boring.