SMWS Caol ila 53.234

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SMWS Caol ila 53.234

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Mashtun notes:

Talk about an opinion splitter! This one really spit the panel. We are all ‘Peat fiends’ and huge fans of Caol ila, as well as the SMWS, but this caused some ‘debate’. On the nose we got salty brine, peat, cherry pie, medicinal notes, sulphur, and hay bales. The …

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Caol ila 17 Murray McDavid

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Caol ila 17 Bottled by Murray McDavid

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Mashtun notes:

This one was brought to the tasting as a ‘wildcard’ due to the fact one of the panel got it at auction. It’s an independently bottled (Murray McDavid) Caol ila that was finished in a sweet white wine (Quart-de-Chaume) cask. It does have a wine …

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Caol ila SMWS 18yr 53.227

Caol ila SMWS 18yr 53.227

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Mashtun notes:

We look forward to trying most offerings from the SMWS, especially their Caol ilas! This first fill bourbon cask Caol was no exception, and didn’t disappoint. The nose had peat smoke, sweet heather, forest fruits, burnt wood, and bourbon. The palate gave us charcoal, beach fires, heather, spices, …

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Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Mashtun notes:

We find that the SMWS are one of the most consistent independent bottlers out there, so that combined with the fact we have a resident Caol ila expert on our panel meant we had high hopes for this. The first thing to mention is that it was almost 65% …

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SMWS 18 year Caol ila 53.198

SMWS 18 year Caol ila 53.198

SMWS 18 year Caol ila 53.198

SMWS 18 year Caol ila 53.198

Mashtun notes:
We are always keen to try a new bottling from the SMWS as it’s one of the most consistent (for quality) independent bottlers out there. We have to say that this bottle is yet another cracker. The nose gave us a nice balance of peat and sherry …

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Caol ila 13 yr old Gordon MacPhail

Caol ila 13yr Gordon MacPhail

Caol ila 13 yr old Gordon MacPhail

Caol ila 13yr Gordon MacPhail

Mashtun notes:

One of the things we love about independent bottlers is the fact you get to taste non-standard finishes and ages from some of your favourite distilleries. That’s one of the reasons we got this 13 year old Caol ila.

 

On the nose it gave us …

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Caol ila 12 year old 1999 by Whisky Trail

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Caol ila 12 year old 1999 by Whisky Trail 

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Mashtun notes:

This dram split the panel with two liking it and one being very unsure about it. On the nose we got alcohol, Turkish delight, Cognac, red wine, fruit, and floral notes. The palate gave us peat, sherry, spices, wood smoke, caramel, and root vegetables. …

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Caol ila SMWS 18yr 53.201

Caol Ila SMWS 18yr 53.201

Caol ila SMWS 18yr 53.201  

Caol Ila SMWS 18yr 53.201 

Mashtun notes:

On the nose we got gentle peat notes, malt, lavender, grass, and subtle hints of sherry. The palate was earthy, sweet, floral, savoury, and had a hint of the seaside along with its delicate peated notes. The finish was long, earthy, and sweet. It also had a gentle …

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Douglas Laing Caol Ila16yr 1996

Douglas Laing – Caol Ila 16yr 1996

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Mashtun notes:

On the nose we got pear drops, ‘lite’ peat, and malt. The palate had beautifully-balanced peaty notes, sweet malt, salted almonds, and forest fruits.  The finish is medium to long. It’s also sweet, smoky, salty, fruity, and has slight herbal notes. It has the usual ‘peely-wally’ …

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Cadenheads 23 Caol ila

Cadenheads 23 Caol ila

 

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Mashtun notes

On the nose we got treacle, sponge pudding, malt, oak, and sweet smoke. The palate had an initial sharp citrus taste that morphed into more sweet smoke, malt, and burnt wood. The finish was initially tart and ended with smooth burnt smoke and fresh malts. Water really …

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