Caol Ila Wilson & Morgan Barrel Selection Review


Caol Ila Wilson & Morgan Barrel Selection Review

Distillery: Caol Ila (bottled by Wilson & Morgan)
Expression: 10 year (distilled in 2000, bottled in 2010)
Category: Single Malt Scotch
Region: Islay
ABV: 48%

A funny thing happened on the way to the dentist.

Despite YEARS of pristine flossing and brushing habits, the Gods of Toothdom were not appeased.

(Or perhaps it was that scathing review of the King Robert II)

Either way, the angered deities conspired atop Mt. Olympus and cast a treacherous thunderbolt intended to impede the palate of the Whisky Jerk

A cavity!


(And a deep one at that)

Making matters worse, me ole’ dentist tried to pull a fast one over on me.

I had TWO options:

1.) Get the “routine” treatment covered under the national insurance plan. My dentist made it clear this would be EXTREMELY PAINFUL and not recommended.


2.) Fork up an extra NT$12,000 (400 $US buckaroos) for a less painful procedure.

Now I didn’t graduate from Oxnard University, (or any other prestigious SoCal school for that matter) but I can do a little math.

$400 roughly EQUALS

    • 8 bottles of Ardbeg TEN
    • 4 bottles of Redbreast FIFTEEN
    • 15 bottles of the Glenfiddich TWELVER

That’s a lot of good whisky to waste for a few hours of comfort.

So I said “FECK IT” and chose option one.

With a devilish smile she grinned and proceeded to drill and fill until she inflicted her quota of pain for NOT taking her advice.

And she did it all … WITHOUT an ounce of Novocaine.


By the time Doc was done, my mouth was a swollen mess.

Bruised but not beaten, I schlepped on over to the nearest liquor store and put some of those hard-earned cash savings to work.

Twas time to self-medicate


So, I headed across the street to the nearest whisky joint and picked up a 700ml bottle Caol Ila limited edition.

At 48%, this Caol Ila expression packs quite a decent punch.

Compared to the Caol Ila 12, this one wasn’t as sweet and it seemed a bit more balanced.

For Islay fans, this one is a nice change of pace if you still want the peat but would like to veer away from Ardbeg and Laphroaig for a bit.

Apparently it also has rejuvenative powers, as my molars stopped aching after 3-4 drams.

However, I did kill nearly half the bottle and woke up with a splitting fucking headache.

Damn you Zeus!


Caol Ila Tasting Notes

Nose: Bonfire, ripe fruit

Palate: Earthy, bonfire, peat with medicinal qualities. Husky chaff-like grains

Finish: Low key finish that takes you for a nice country ride without ever over exerting itself

Rating: 83 / 100

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