Review #776 | /r/Scotch Review #262 – Caol Ila 10yr Gordon & MacPhail, Binnys Selection
The Schtick: This was a blind sample that was sent to me. I reviewed it, then got the reveal in order to fill in relevant details here. For other blind reviews, hop on over to the Whiskey Network Discord server and join the chatter.
Coincidentally, I have already reviewed it in the past, which made it being blind even more fun.
Distiller: Caol Ila
Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
ABV: 59% ABV
Nose: Peat, vegetal sea air. Stewed fruits, honey, pepper, musty sweet cream.
Taste: Rich, thick and vegetal. No heat despite the proof. Oceanic, dead sea things peat. There’s some ashiness, but this tilts more in the brine and bandage peat direction, away from something like Ardbeg or Bruichladdich, in my humble opinion. Tons of stewed fruits, honey, caramel, sweet cream. Rich and jammy. Fig, cherry, berries, currants, date fruits. Sticky toffee.
Finish: Long, rich and thick. Grows more oaky and peppery with time. Stewed fruits are still hugely dominant here. Ashy, vegetal peat leads this out.
Overall + Guess: This is just phenomenal and the peat profile is very familiar. I am guessing a Laphroaig or Caol Ila, definitely sherried, possibly first fill. 55% – 60% ABV. If I had to put an age on it, I would guess around 15 year because of the oak presence, but the peat was pretty vibrant still. Either way, though, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Probably one of the things I’ve enjoyed most so far this year.
Reveal: Caol Ila 10yr Gordon & MacPhail, Binnys Selection. Really impressive stuff. Coincidentally, I’ve already reviewed this before, and I loved it more now than I did before (I previously gave it a 7 when I reviewed it before). This is really killer stuff, especially for 10 years old, which I think really speaks to the vibrancy of the peat and it being a sweet spot in wine finished peat. Cool stuff.
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