Caol Ila 1984 31 year old (Cadenhead’s)
Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling.
Nose: Scorched rubber, roasted salted peanuts, bounty bars. All in perfect harmony. Oh my!
Body: Thick and oily.
Palate: A mouth coating coconut & lime daiquiri with a healthy shot of peat smoke in it’s belly. Light dusting of cayenne in the tail.
Finish: Drying menthol and faint ash yet still creamy with undulating waves of the aforementioned cayenne drifting in and out.
Neat/Ice/Water: 52.1% It’s too old and too good to water. Neat.
Verdict: Superior. So every year on Christmas day I try and pull out something a wee bit special and this was the 2017 edition of that particular ritual. How was this dram selected from the multitude in my cabinet? I just felt like that amazing fruit and gentle smoke combo that you always get with long aged Caol Ila. While this wasn’t a single cask offering (2 bourbon hogsheads), I was pretty sure it was going to be a safe bet in the quality stakes. The nose is glorious and the best part but swallowing it ain’t half bad either. Give it a little air time before imbibing and you will be rewarded. You can keep your frankincense and myrrh, I’m much better off with one of these. 432 bottles only and all sold out long ago (released in 2016). Ho Ho Ho.