Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-bourbon Hogshead
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Valinch & Mallet Ltd.
Average price: € 79.00
Official website: www.valinchandmallet.com
I finish my “race” along the latest releases of Valinch & Mallet with a bottling part of the Private Cask Selection series, a young Caol Ila distilled in 2009 and bottled in 2020 in 306 bottles.
As always when it concernsthe two Italian bottlers, their bottles represent excellence, a guarantee of passion and quality in every single barrel chosen, so much so that they deserve a blind purchase, regardless of the impressions you can read on this or other blogs around the net.
Take a bottle until you can find it around, and you won’t regret it.
Straw yellow in the glass.
Acrid and marine peat that emerges on the nose, blunted by fruity shades (apple, pineapple, pineapple, green melon), orange zest, pecans, honey, lemon drop. Wood spices and toasted malt. Overall it’s a gentle nose, with balsamic veins that lighten its reach.
Sparkling and fresh on the palate, with a rich lash of pepper on sea waves with accentuated notes of citrus (orange and cedar), yellow fruit, honey, rhubarb and a bottom of lit embers. Spices and balsamic impressions dot the drinking, especially in length.
Medium long and ashy finish of citrus fruits, spices, salt, malt.
A calm, solid and structured whisky that plays on the tones of a peat that is not aggressive but very evident, in a mix of marine and balsamic aspects very intriguing.
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
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
Wilson & Morgan Caol Ila 2008-2020 Quercus Alba
More from Valinch & Mallet in the blog:
Valinch & Mallet Aultmore 9yo
Valinch & Mallet Bruichladdich 15yo Madeira Cask
Valinch & Mallet Bruichladdich 19yo
Valinch & Mallet Bunnahabhain 22yo (2018)
Valinch & Mallet Caperdonich 20yo
Valinch & Mallet Dufftown 11yo
Valinch & Mallet Heaven Hill 10yo
Valinch & Mallet Highland Malt 24yo
Valinch & Mallet Ledaig 10yo
Valinch & Mallet Ledaig 25yo
Valinch & Mallet Longmorn 12yo
Valinch & Mallet Macduff 14yo
Valinch & Mallet Royal Brackla 13yo