Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: A&G Selection
Average price: € 99.00
Official website: www.whiskyshop.it
Who, in Italy and not only, doesn’t know the Milano Whisky Festival?
An event that has grown exponentially in its 14 editions, acting as an essential meeting point for enthusiasts, distilleries, independent bottlers and distributors, offering the opportunity to try all (or almost all) the knowledge of this distillate in its worldwide declinations.
And this undoubted success is due to the passion and self-sacrifice of its two founders, Andrea Giannone and Giuseppe Gervasio Dolci, who not only had the intuition but also the ability to cope with an ever-increasing number of visitors each year.
And their passion can be found in their shop, which you can find the link to above, one of the few in Italy to offer whisky and rum tasting kits, to allow everyone to try bottles at prices that are not exactly a bargain.
And not content with that, the dynamic duo thought (I’d say almost inevitably) of creating their own bottlings, with the A&G Selection: single casks carefully chosen from various distilleries, even those that aren’t very popular, to break the mould a little.
In this case, it’s a cask filled in 2008, which after ten years has produced 224 cask strength bottles still available.
Straw yellow in the glass.
Very marine on the nose, you close your eyes and almost believe you are on the ocean shore. The peat is a polite presence, meaty and herbaceous but without overdoing it, tamed by a sweet and fruity profile of vanilla and ripe banana. And… mushrooms?
On the palate, the embers have been stirred and bring the ashy component back to the forefront, without neglecting that sweet and (almost) delicate aspect found on the nose that not even the considerable alcohol content manages to break. Alongside the herbaceous and smoky peat, in a peculiar balance given the youth of the whisky, we find vanilla, yellow fruit and Ovaltine. Pepper. Oily and full, without edges.
The finish is long, of ashtray used with malt and dried fruit.
A young but unexpectedly rich malt, not at all banal and capable of entertaining.
Other bottlings in the blog:
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
Golden Drops Caol Ila 8yo
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