Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon, ex-Madeira wine
Added coloring: No
Owner: Dream Whisky
Average price: € 80.00
Official website: dreamwhisky.com
Sometimes it happens that you accidentally discover bottles (and producers) that can surprise you.
At the last Milano Whisky Festival, wandering around the stands with our sample bottles full and a few tokens left in our pockets, Grande Otre and I ‘stumbled’ upon a small stall with just two bottles for tasting, with very attractive labels.
What are you going to do, not try it? Of course I will!
We picked up a glass of this Dream N°2 (more or less at random), and lo and behold… thunderstruck! A dram that really impressed us!
With the regret of not having more empty samples to taste it at our leisure at home, we did some research into this Italian bottler (more often than not defined as a “start-up”, which is cooler), specifically from Parma, founded by two names already well known in the whisky world and with a precise policy that I invite you to discover by consulting their website.
As luck would have it, a few days ago I found both the bottles I had seen in Milan in a recently opened bar in my town, Il Classico, which has a considerable selection of whiskies (Scotch and others).
Wouldn’t you want me to take a sample of both? Of course you do!
Let’s start with what we tried in Milan, taken from a single cask of Caol Ila (which produced 465 bottles), which spent 6 years in ex-Bourbon and then matured for a year in an ex-Madeira cask.
Hand-drawn label, really lovely.
In the glass, the whisky is a beautiful coppery colour, almost a rosé.
Acrid and smoky peat floods the nose, with a very strong marine component. Aniseed and red fruits manage to make their way through this very dense blanket. For those who love peat, an intoxicating aroma.
The peat continues its smoky course in the mouth, with the ocean flooding the palate, together with a certain underlying meatiness. The vinous side slips over the waves, bringing with it raspberries, more aniseed, a marsala touch and an impression of rose, with the alcohol not biting but pushing the aromas along. Not particularly complex or layered but very full-bodied.
The finish is medium-long, of smoke, salt and a hint of astringency.
An interesting, fascinating bottling that is striking for its originality even if it isn’t exactly layered, but it’s (very) worth tasting.
It’s a shame it’s not (at the moment) readily available.
Other bottlings in the blog:
A&G Rare Cask Selection Caol Ila 10yo
Caol Ila 12yo
Caol Ila 18yo
Caol Ila 18yo Unpeated 2017
Caol Ila Distillers Edition 2018
Caol Ila Moch
Caol Ila Natural Cask Strength
Dramfool Cola Ali 4
Dramfool Cola Ali 5
Gordon&MacPhail Reserve Caol Ila 2008
Morisco Spirits Caol Ila 11yo
Signatory Caol Ila 1994 Port Wood Finish
The Islay Star 11yo
Valinch & Mallet Caol Ila 11yo
Wilson & Morgan Caol Ila 2008-2020 Quercus Alba