caol ila 1989 11 years old signatory vintage

Caol Ila 1989 11 Years Old (Signatory Vintage)

Bottled over fifteen years ago, there’s not much online information on this Caol Ila 1989 11 Years Old from Signatory Vintage. I received a sample (thanks Tom!) of it a while back, and since I can’t tell you much about it, we’ll just dive right in. But before we start, let me at least share that this matured in a sherry butt.

Caol Ila 1989 11 Years Old (58,1%, Signatory Vintage, C#5360)

Nose: The balance here is admirable. Smoked bacon, smoked paprika and lots of brine with a hint of strawberry, and burned orange peel. There’s peat of course, as well as ripe banana and pineapple, and a pinch of pepper. Really, incredibly good.
Taste: Peat, ash, soot, and again lots of brine and salt, accompanied by chili peppers, seaweed and a whiff of rubber. All very intense. There’s some fruit here, like pickled lemon, but otherwise this is a peat lovers dream. Extremely maritime.
Finish: Very salty, and brine-y, and peat-y of course. Long.

Rating: 90

Excellent whisky, with a nose that is up there indeed, followed by a palate that is a bit more one-dimensional (relative to the nose that is).

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