Review: Caol Ila 1991 Cadenhead 24 Year

Caol Ila 1991 Cadenhead 24 Year / 52.4%

Tasted neat

This special Cadenhead release of Caol Ila was done for Bar Caol Ila and Japan spirits vendor Shinanoya. Besides being 24 years old and 52.4%, the label contains no information. It’s almost surely an ex-bourbon hogshead though!

  • Color: amontillado sherry (1.9)
  • Nose: sea-spray, peat, salt, lemons, and oil slick
  • Taste: tropical fruit, pineapple, campfire smores, oily peat, and oak
  • Finish: medium, slightly sweet, with a little wood, and lots of peat

I think this is a perfect classic exemplar of mid-20-year-old Caol Ila, perfect for a bar with the same namesake.

Rating: 7/10



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