Category: Islay single malt whisky
Product of: United Kingdom
One of Diageo's 2015 Special Releases, this 17 year old is the tenth limited edition release of unpeated Caol Ila. Drawn exclusively from first-fill American oak bourbon casks.
Sampled on 23/09/2015
Clear, pale-mid golden amber.
Meaty, almost mezcal-like smokiness. Mineraly pavement (sidewalk) after rain. More peaty with water but this knocks back the smokiness. Faint cardamom spice and fresh coriander.
Dried fruit and fading embers with faint smokiness. Water amplifies fruit and vanilla with meaty underlying smoky peat.
Fresh and fruity finish.
Described as being “unpeated”, the grain may have been peat free but perhaps due to the water this Caol Ila has a delicate smoky peat character. One of my favourite ever Caol Ila bottlings. Fantastic value for money.
Closure: Natural cork stopper