Caol Ila / Morrison & Mackay

Caol Ila 1983 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor) Review

Caol Ila 1983 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor) When it comes to old Caol Ila it can go one of two ways, either gentle ash notes, or it can go pretty tropical fruit juice like, almost UM Bongo like.

This 34 year old single cask has retained that light ashy note, it even comes out on the finish! Theres a huge swath of ashy notes on the nose, palate and finish, then sweetness and those lovely dried raspberry notes that i tend to get quite often in Caol Ila.

This is a cracking dram, that for the age and scarcity is good value for money, if tasted blind it certainly doesn't taste 5/6 times the price of a standard caol ila 12 year old, they both have their place and if someone has the cash for a bottle like this then it certainly won't be a bad purchase.

You might be able to find it from specialists like Master of Malt but i know this was a hugely popular dram so not sure how long it will be around for.

Tasting Notes & Details


This is one of those drams that loves to get its self comfortable in the glass over a short period of time, light ash smoke, unlit cigar tobacco, citrus notes, lemongrass, gentle split little branches, bison grass, floral notes, leafy for definite, edges of toffee coated dried raspberries in the background


Light ash again, unlit cigar again, more leafy floral notes, that greenish snapped little branches again, and more of that grass, those toffee coated dried raspberries again, touches of tropical fruit salad,


Ashy, fruity, dried raspberries

Bottle Details

Bottle Name: Caol Ila 1983 Celebration of the Cask (Carn Mor)
Age: 1983 Vintage
ABV: 51.20
Distiller: Caol Ila
Bottler: Morrison & Mackay
Type: Single Cask Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay
Posted: 06/02/2019 by Tom

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