Gordon & MacPhail Caol Illa 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 Illa 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.

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  • 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
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
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.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Is Scotch always Scottish? What do you think? Yes. The answer is yes.
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.
Scotland is home to more than 20 million casks of maturing Whisky. That’s four for every person living there. Nuts!
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