Distillery: Caol Ila
Whisky Type: Single Malt
Age: 18 Year Old
Maturation: Refill American Oak Hogsheads.
Bottle Size: 700ml
Head around to Port Askaig on the isle of Islay and as well as a load of stumbling tourists, you’ll come across a large distillery that’s been in use for over 150 years, Caol Ila. They produce a lighter style of whisky in comparison to its island neighbours, such as this 18 Year Old Single Malt. It is an exceptional dram that has an aromatic nose, a hefty palate and touches of oak, barley and of course, peat. A bottle for those in search of something a little more exceptional.
Flavour Profile: Nose
Surprisingly weighty, with a meaty backbone that doesn't rely on the distillery's usual smoke for depth. First impressions are lemon flavours along with green-leaf herbs and soft spiciness. A dry mineral then builds in the glass to add a chalky flavour.
Flavour Profile: Palate
A fine line taste between sweet, acidic and salty. It slips into sweet candied fruit, then into intense salted caramel and toffee. Hints of sea-spray dance between the three flavours until the fruit and char unite in triumph.
Flavour Profile: Finish
Warming, soft and long with notes of vanilla. Succeeded by deep warmth which fades to soft spice and oak.