Review #607 | /r/Scotch Review #202 – 1984 33yr Caol Ila, Old Particular KL Single Barrel
The Schtick: This was a mystery sample sent to me by /u/ethanized. I tasted it, took notes, and then messaged them to him for reveal. I got a little caught up in trying to guess and forgot to think of a 1-10 score, so for these I decided to simplify things into one of five categories:
- Sort of Garbage
- Really Good
Distiller: Caol Ila
Bottler: Old Particular (Douglas Laing) for KLWines
Age: 33 Years
Nose: Sweet vanilla, lemon bar. Rich buttery vanilla butter cream. Faint salinity, some rich smoldering peat. This is going to be good.
Taste: Medium thickness, vanilla is prominent with sweet lemon lime dessert bar notes here also. Very nice butter cream – overall it’s really rich and sweet. Earthy peat with some ashiness and some savory salinity.
Finish: Medium to long. Sweet pear – almost some calvados notes. Rich and sweet creaminess with vanilla and sugar. Woody ashy peat sneaks in with lots of nice minerality as well.
Overall: This dram is scotch. This dram is loaded with sweet buttercream, with lots of ashy and faintly peppery peat. This dram seems like a pretty standard Compass Box peat profile to me but it could easily be Springbank/Longrow as well. Overall, it’s not super vegetal which rules out ye olde Laphroaig. My notes say it is: “v good, v complex” since I guess I’m speaking like the hip kids again. I really liked this a lot.
Reveal: 1984 Caol Ila “Old Particular” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength 33 Year. Drat – looking back, all of the notes were there. This should have screamed Caol Ila to me but the pressure got to me at guess time. Oh well. I’m really tickled to have tried this (thanks Ethan) and even more so that I got to try this blind. This was a goddamn blast. Thanks man.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect