This is an independent bottling by Gordon and MacPhail; 40% ABV, likely chill-filtered. Color is a light amber (Amber-2?).
On the nose it's tequila, honey, vanilla, and something spicy--I'm thinking cinnamon.
The taste is orange and more cinnamon. Very light.
This one finishes creamy with a tea, Earl Grey, hot note. Relatively short.
Caol Ila 1998
This is also an independent bottling by Gordon and MacPhail; 43% ABV. I'm guessing it's been chill-filtered. The label doesn't say. Distillation year is 1998. Bottling year is unknown. If anyone has an inside track on the age of this one please let me know. Color is a light amber, a shade darker than the Glenburgie (Amber-1?).
Nose is peat-smoke, then salty, with a hint of grass, kelp, and lemon.
On the taste it's very maritime. Imagine Old Pulteney 17--but with a healthy blast of peat. Or pretend you're on a fishing charter on Long Island Sound, whilst smoking a Cuban. And surprise, surprise, there's a nice hint of saffron in there too.
This one has a decent finish. It starts with campfire, followed by bonfire, then chimney smoke. You get the idea. The smokiness soon gives way to dried ginger and coconut. It's quite pleasant.
In Other News:
Numerous whisky festivals around the world have been canceled or postponed because of pandemic.
Italy's Roma Whisky Festival was originally scheduled for March, then April. Now no redo date in sight.
At least 35 trips to www.finewineandgoodspirits.com and 10 phone calls to Pa. state liquor stores over the course of 23 agonizing days has led to one remarkable moment that is only newsworthy in the middle of a global health crisis:
Dave La Torre has ordered liquor.
Distillers nationwide have been applying for SBA loans through the Paycheck Protection Program payroll and expenses. At least they were. The money's gone, and it was first come, first served.