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Caol Ila 1990-2008, 18 years old, Bishop, The Chess, Shinanoya, 75/299, 57.8% abv.

 

Caol Ila 1990-2008, 18 years old, Bishop, The Chess, Shinanoya, 75/299, 57.8% abv.

This bottle is from the popular The Chess Series by Shinanoya. I believe it was Shinanoyas first series selection and started in 2007. Very hard to find the older bottles.

Nose: smoke and wood. Ah, Islay mafia as expected.

Palate: smoke and wood, concentrated honey, the wood pops up but not too strong. This interesting honey flavor reminds me a little of Lagavulin though.

Finish: short, sweet grape juice coat.

Wow this is really good! Very simple and showcases it's core competency! A smokey malt and a honey essence. Borders on Port Ellen and Lagavulin, but this type of honey is unique!!! Is it really this good? Or am I super drunk? Then again I do have a soft spot for Islay mafia.

Grade: A-

Couldn't find quantifiable, reliable reviews.

 

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