Gordon & MacPhail – Connoisseurs Choice Caol Ila 2004/2016

 

From Gordon & MacPhail for the #woodmtw campaign a sample of the Connoisseurs Choice range got send over. This whisky was distilled in 2004 at the Caol Ila distillery and bottled on 05/07/2016 at 46% after maturing in first fill and refill bourbon casks.

On the nose I am getting notes of warm apple, thick vanilla custard, raisins, dried cranberry, fresh citrus, warm toast, orange candied sweets covered in dark chocolate, crispy bacon and nutty breakfast cereals. The palate shows me a lovely mix of ripe orchard fruits, fudge, warm and dried banana, raisins, fresh citrus fruits, honey, peach, dried apricots, macademia nuts and a good stack of that crispy bacon from the nose.

A warm and balanced dram with a medium length finish that reveals a mixture of spices, soft ashy notes, soft dark liquorish, dark chocolate and fresh figs. Thanks Gordon & MacPhail for sending over a sample of this whisky!

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