Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing casks: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: Yes
Average price: € 130.00
Official website: www.malts.com
Having tried the ‘crippled’ version of Caol Ila some time ago, with a certain poetic justice I find in my glass the same ageing with the distillery’s usual peatiness.
The first official version was released in 2004, with little change over the years, although I do find reports of natural colouring and no chillfiltration in older versions, but these are details that should always be treated with caution when dealing with large distilleries.
The nose is very caressing, soft, with the pungent, sulphurous peat initially remaining a little on its own, giving way to apricot, peach, vanilla, orange peel, a hint of hazelnut and liquorice. A fresh and herbaceous component is also present. Over time, the peat component grows without overpowering, with a pleasant salty touch. Very delicate, age has made the whisky decidedly wise and calm.
On the palate it confirms its gentle spirit, while revealing a rougher aspect of leather and tobacco that is grafted onto the fruity and herbaceous notes, more dense thanks to the smoky and salty peat that becomes more present. Lots of liquorice, a touch of honey, a bitter note of rhubarb, toasted wood. Round and compact.
Medium finish of burnt wood, liquorice, orange, hazelnut.
A higher alcohol content would have given it more character, which is a pity because the qualities of a truly remarkable whisky are all there, with a maturation that has in any case greatly benefited the spirit.
It remains a very pleasant dram, but not exactly unforgettable.
Reviews of Caol Ila whisky in the blog:
A&G Rare Cask Selection Caol Ila 10yo
Cadenhead’s Caol Ila 30yo
Caol Ila 12yo
Caol Ila 18yo Unpeated 2017
Caol Ila Distillers Edition 2018
Caol Ila Moch
Caol Ila Natural Cask Strength
Càrn Mòr Vertical
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
Wilson & Morgan Caol Ila 2008-2020 Quercus Alba
The Scotch Noob