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Caol Ila 15 Year Old - Managers Dram 1990

LOT ID: 0923-1024

End Date : Nov 22 2023 09:40 PM

Total Bids: 21   

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Caol Ila 15 Year Old. The Manager's Dram. Bottled 1990. 75cl. 63%.

A 15 year old Sherry cask whisky specially selected and bottled at natural strength for the S.M.D. staff association.

The crown and glory of all the Manager's Drams and an impressive piece of liquid history. It boasts an intense, but balanced smokiness that is matched by sweet, grassy and fruit notes, making it a deliciously complex whisky.


Small dent in cap.


Into Bottle

Distillery:  Caol Ila

Distillery Status:  Working

Bottler: Distillery Bottling

Region: Islay

Bottling Year: 1990

Age: 15

Category: Single Malt

Country: Scotland

Bottle Size: 75cl / 750ml

ABV: 63%

Founded in 1846, Caol Ila distillery was taken over by Diageo forerunner DCL in 1927. The distillery was completely rebuilt in 1972-74 and now produces over 6 million litres annually, much of which goes into Johnnie Walker. The widespread belief that Caol Ila is Islay’s most underrated distillery has become a truth so universally acknowledged that it may no longer be true, though it remains in the shadow of Bowmore and the south coast distilleries. 

Official Caol Ilas were bottled sporadically before Diageo relaunched it as a single malt brand in 2002. A famous yellow label 12-year-old and a rare 15-year-old occasionally appeared under DCL’s Bulloch & Lade subsidiary from the 1960s onwards, and there was a short-lived Flora & Fauna 15-year-old in the late 1980s and a magnificent sherried 15-year-old Manager’s Dram bottled in 1990. Independent Caol Ila is abundant and always great value.

Distillery bottlings are, as the name suggests, bottled by or for the distillery from which the whisky has originated and are thus often referred to as Official Bottlings or OBs. Distillery bottlings are generally more desirable for collectors and usually fetch higher prices at auction than independent bottlings. They are officially-endorsed versions of the whisky from a particular distillery and are therefore considered the truest expression of the distillery’s character.

This ideal of the distillery character is regarded so seriously by the distilleries and brand owners that casks of whisky that are considered to vary too far from the archetype are frequently sold on to whisky brokers and independent bottlers. When this happens, it is often with the proviso that the distillery’s name is not allowed to be used when the cask is bottled for fear of diminishing or damaging the distillery’s character and status.


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Last Bids £2,350.00 22nd November 2023 20:29