Origin: Isle of Islay (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Sherry butt refill
Added colouring: No
Owner: Whisky Facile
Price: € 110,00 on Whisky Facile
Official website: Whisky Facile
Another bottling created for the tenth anniversary of what is probably the best known whisky blog in Italy, which after the Bunnabahain of the first release returns to Islay, with a young (but not too young) Caol Ila unusually aged in ex-Sherry butt.
As they themselves say in their presentation, the association between the mythological mermaid and the distillery is easy (d’oh) in the Gaelic meaning of the distillery’s name, which is “the sound of Islay”.
So let’s hear if the notes of this cask strength from a single cask will captivate like the song of Aquaman’s cousins…
The intensity of the colour in the glass is just a preview of what the nose will achieve, almost chewy aromas of dirty coastal peat, like the keel of an old fishing boat that smells of ocean, oil, mussels and fish. The fruit is declined in red, with touches of licorice, dark chocolate, dates with almonds, and a note of worn leather emerges, like a jacket worn for a long time on the bow of that boat. Long, very long. And dirty.
The taste is less radical but still nice and bold, another intense peat softened by fruit, always in the warm spectrum, loaded with spices (paprika, ginger) with a hint of blood orange, more worn leather and meaty touches, like a barbecue, that go hand in hand with the coastal scents creating a rich compote veined with rhubarb, tamarind and a mineral dryness in the background.
The finish is long, dry, of red fruits (black cherry and blueberry), leather, glowing embers, caramelised popcorn and lots of salt.
An overcharged whisky, extreme, overflowing especially on the nose, which finds an apt simile in the figure of the sirens: it attracts, involves and overwhelms, only to leave you exhausted on the shoreline with your hands fumbling for more.
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
Caol Ila 18yo Unpeated 2017
Caol Ila Distillers Edition 2018
Caol Ila Moch
Caol Ila Natural Cask Strength
Càrn Mòr Vertical
Chapter 7 Monologue Caol Ila 2011
Chapter 7 Monologue Caol Ila 2012
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
Reviews of Whisky Facile whisky in the blog:
Whisky Facile Circe (Glen Elgin 12yo)
Whisky Facile Polyphemus (Aultmore 10yo)
Whisky Facile Poseidone (Staoisha 6yo)
Whisky Facile Scylla and Charybdis (Orkney 13yo)
Whisky Facile The Lotus Eater (Glenlossie 13yo)