Caol Ila 17 Year Old Distilled 1997 Islay single malt Scotch whisky

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alc./vol:
55.9%

Proof:
111.8°

Vintage:
1997

Aged:
17 years

Closure: Natural cork stopper

Product of: Product of United Kingdom 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.

Review and Tasting

Sampled on 23/09/2015

Appearance

Clear, pale-mid golden amber.

Aroma

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.

Taste

Dried fruit and fading embers with faint smokiness. Water amplifies fruit and vanilla with meaty underlying smoky peat.

Aftertaste

Fresh and fruity finish.

Overall

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.

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