Gordon & MacPhail Caol Ila Connoisseurs Choice 1988
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Caol Ila
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 51.4%
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Gordon & MacPhail

Caol Ila Connoisseurs Choice 1988 (0.75l, 51.4%)

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The ancient Whisky maker by the Sound of Islay has an excellent track record of conjuring sumptuous Spirits. Caol Ila 1988 is a lovely and extremely rare Scotch from Refill Sherry Butt #225. It was bottled at 51.4% after thirty-one long years as part of Gordon & MacPhail's Connoisseurs Choice range. It's a unique bottling for only the truest Islay aficionados, offering rich vanilla aromas with a sweet, fruity, and peppery palate that evolves into a smoky extravagance and a smooth, lingering bonfire finish. Try not to fall in love with this one.

1 of 518 bottles.


*This bottle is a collector's item; we will not be able to entertain any refunds or exchanges.

**Individual orders are limited to one item per person, as we wish to give everyone the opportunity to participate.

***Any kind of transit damage is insured and will be reimbursed.

  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Caol Ila
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 51.4%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
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Character Dogson
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Caol Ila is named after the body of water it sits on. Its name translates from Gaelic as "Strait of Islay."
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
Beer and malt Whisky seem to have quite a bit in common. Both drinks begin with malted barley, which deliver the enzymes and sugars needed for fermentation when steeped in hot water. The two go their separate ways at the wash stage, where they're fermented or aged to become the adult beverages you know and love.
Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland, Japan, and some other parts of the world, distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and the USA, they spell it Whiskey.
Caol Ila is named after the body of water it sits on. Its name translates from Gaelic as "Strait of Islay."
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
Single malt stands for around 10% of the Scotch market. This is a malt containing only one grain, legally required to be barley in Scotland, and made at a single distillery.

A blended Scotch is a combination of different malts from different distilleries. It is typically made from grain Whisky but does include malt Whisky to give it a more complex body.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
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