2001 Caol Ila 18 Year Old “Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice” K&L Exclusive First Fill Bourbon Barrel #3308899 – Scotch Whisky News
May 11th, 2021
Rare Scotch Whisky at an Unbeatable Price
2001 Caol Ila 18 Year Old “Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice” K&L Exclusive First Fill Bourbon Barrel #3308899
Nonchillfiltered Cask Strength Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) ($189.99)
From their humble beginnings in the grocery business Gordon & MacPhail has become a trailblazing bottler, with elevated status that few others can claim. For premium single malt Scotch whisky fans, any release from this famed house is reason to take note, and this exclusive K&L bottling is no exception. What makes this extra special is the provenance of this vintage bottling: first fill Caol Ila bourbon casks that enjoyed a whopping 18 years of slow maturation. You won’t find a better match of legendary bottler with classic Islay style at this price anywhere on the market today. In fact, a coveted gem of this exceptional quality comes around so rarely, it’s a must-have addition to any whisky connoisseur’s library. Don’t miss out!
The exceptional products coming from this humble Elgin bottler have long been sought-after by collectors and connoisseurs for their quality and value. Gordon & Macphail’s special position in the Scotch industry is unmatched by any other blender or bottler. It is through the great vision of their predecessors that the current administration of this storied brand is able to offer such amazing and unique stocks that are otherwise not being sold. Represented in their warehouses are over 100 different Scottish distilleries, many of them closed and gone forever. This special cask isn’t from a rare distillery so much as its quality and age make it an incredible find. We typically see young Caol Ila in 3rd or 4th fill hogsheads on the open market. Those were barrels destined for blending, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them. Anything over 10ish years old, however, is effectively unavailable because the cost-benefit doesn’t often equate. But, here we have absolute top-tier Caol Ila filled into fresh bourbon barrels and aged for a full 18 years. We could have easily paid other suppliers the same for a 12-15 year old expression in a lesser cask. We’re honored to have acquired this perfect Islay artifact. A nose of the finest jamon coupled with a zingy citrus twang. Add a handful of roasted marcona almonds, fresh pome fruit, and raw wild honey! Finish it off with a long smoldering finish. A true gem and easily one of the best peaters we’ll have to sell this year.