Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: 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.