Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Bourbon hogshead
Added coloring: No
Owner: Morisco Spirits
Average price: € 90.00
Official website: moriscospirits.com
Indicated as the first of three bottlings from the new player in the world of Italian whisky, this Caol Ila is aged just one year less than the standard version, but comes from a single cask and is cask strength (as well as entirely natural).
The independent editions of the Islay distillery often show a more assertive and distinct character, free from the strings and ties imposed by mass production, and from Morisco Spirits’ impressions it seems we will find ourselves with something special here too, since this cask was chosen “for its old-fashionedness with these hints of brine and olives that I don’t easily find in modern Caol Ila”.
On paper, truly intriguing.
Straw yellow in the glass.
Fresh and crisp on the nose, as standing on the bow of your yacht on a sunny day, heedless of the swimmers you drown as you speed through the waves. Mineral and very salty, like smelling a rock, with lime, pineapple, green apple, lemon cream and a distant wisp of smoke wafting over the aromas. A veil of nutmeg. Refreshing.
The alcohol content knocks hard on the palate, but after the first shock it settles down to accompany the strong salty scents where fruit is even more protagonist, declined in citrus (including chinotto and navel orange) and tropical, a hint of licorice, kelemata olives. The smoke is always elegantly defiladed but present.
The finish is quite long, distinctly ashy, salty, with citrus, lemon and liquorice.
A solid, compact whisky, in line with the distillery’s profile and without smearing. It may not offer strong emotions, but it fully expresses its island essence, urging to refill the glass even when you are at anchor.
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
Signatory Caol Ila 1994 Port Wood Finish
The Islay Star 11yo
Valinch & Mallet Caol Ila 11yo
Wilson & Morgan Caol Ila 2008-2020 Quercus Alba