Caol Ila 1998 Port Wood Gordon and MacPhail

I am feeling a bit under the weather so unfortunately I am  running behind on my post, for that I am sorry. I am however excited to talk about an amazing Scotch today. Caol Ila (pronounced col eela) means “Sound” in Gaelic. This scotch, which I really happen to enjoy is from Islay. The Caol Ila distillery actually happens to be the largest producing distillery in Islay today.

Coal Ila was originally founded by Hector Henderson in 1846, it then changed hands in 1854 and it also experienced a closing from 1941-1945 (during WWII) before resuming production in 1974.

The Coal Ila I tasted however was put out by Gordon and MacPhail and their Private Selection range. Private selections for G&M are selected by their directors. I know I have mentioned them in previous posts but if you don’t know who they are, Gordon and MacPhail is a bottler in Scotland and they bottle hundreds and hundreds of single malt whiskies from all over Scotland. In 1993 they added distillery owners as well when they purchased Benromach Distillery.

If you have never tried Caol Ila before, then I think you are missing out especially, if you enjoy Islay whiskies.

Tasting Experience
Nose: Smoke and wood
Taste: Peppery, Spicy with hints of sweetness.
Finish: Smooth, with a delightful burn (I wanted to keep drinking). It was Smokey and delicious.

Although I couldn’t find a place that had it, it appears that the cost ranges from $70-$79. G&M takes pride in the Scotches they put their name in. It is a beautifully made scotch that is well worth the try, I highly recommend it this Scotch and I am certainly looking forward to eventually trying out their Benromach label.


Caol Ila 1998 Port Wood

Note: The contents on my blog are solely my opinion. To me every palate is different! Although I may or may not like a product, I always recommend for people to try it and make up their own minds.


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Cameron says:

    That’s cheaper than I would have guessed, if you can find it of course.

    1. whiskeywench says:

      I agree! You can’t beat that price. It’s well worth it for great quality scotch.

  2. arrondrinks says:

    Sounds like my kind of dram!

    1. whiskeywench says:

      I don’t think you’d be disappointed if you did try.

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