Scott's Selection (distilled at Caol Ila), 1984 vintage, 53.5%

Price: $215.00 Issue: Winter 2007 Reviewer: John Hansell

Caol Ila enthusiasts will be familiar with the tarry rope, seaweed, brine, and white pepper. All this is underpinned nicely by soft, sweeter notes of dark chocolate and vanilla nut truffle. Subtle underlying juniper, horehound, and mint adds intrigue. Nice oily texture with a pleasing dry finish. Time has tempered this Caol Ila, but it has aged gracefully.