Jack Wiebers Caol Ila 1997 / 19yo 030167 Great Ocean Liners / 40.2 % Vol.

Jack Wiebers Caol Ila 1997 / 19yo 030167 Great Ocean Liners / 40.2 % Vol.

A good while ago, I was given an almost empty bottle of this JWWW’s Caol Ila Single Cask. There were around 2-3 drams left, and after the first one I wasn’t too impressed to be honest. Okay, to be fair it was in a quite busy and loud environment. But after that first encounter, the bottle went into my stash for about 6 months. Now, the strength is quite low, which makes one wonder if this is natural cask strength or diluted on purpose. If you consider the hefty retail price tag (~200€) that this bottle was carrying, it’s quite mysterious to why the strength is so low. After retasting however, I found it not weak or „smooth“ at all. Let’s see…

Caol Ila 1997 / 19yo

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Nose:

Rich bonfire smoke, the seashore, wet gravel, freshly cut ginger, lime, green apples, vanilla pods, ozone, chlorine. A swimming pool on islay? With time it gets more salty and herbal, even some hints of liqourice appear. Trademark Caol Ila and not shy at all!

Mouth:

Mineral and earthy. Subdued and mature peat, pink grapefruit, appleskin, ginger again. You could even call this refreshing 😉 A nice velvety texture. Some herbs and a little cooling menthol lurking in the rather short finish.

Comments:

Despite the low ABV this one doesn’t feel watered down at all. The mouthfeel is rich and soft at the same time. This CI needs a bit of attention and time to spend with. Maybe you should not drink this after a cask strength malt.  The original retailprice was a little shocking, though. /87

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