Caol Ila 15 year old islay single malt whisky 'Unpeated Style'
Caol Ila 15 year old 'unpeated style' single malt whisky
70cl / 60.39% abv
Distillery Bottling at natural cask strength
Special release in 2014
Unusually for Caol Ila, this special bottling is presented as 'unpeated style' whisky
Official Tasting Notes
Colour: Bright, pale yellow gold; light beading.
Nose: Unhurried and warming, yet surprisingly mellow. Fresh and cleansing, with malty, grainy cereal, crisp-breads topped with icing sugar and sherbet lemon sweets. Behind this there’s a dried herbal note and a maritime, distant scent of the sea. A reassuring fresh tang floats above fluffy marshmallow and vanilla, before late top notes of strawberry appear, which become chalky and minty, with milk chocolate. Water introduces old-fashioned oilskins; it’s heady, herbal and sweet, like a Victoria sponge filled with cream and strawberry jam.
Palate: Smooth and very sweet to taste, then salt toffee with chilli. Warming, sweet and prickly with lovely early liquorice and dark chocolate notes. All this is delicate at first, but soon firming and expanding on the palate, growing appetisingly herbal, with lots of cough candy and dried raisin fruit. With water it is very easy to drink; lightly oily, fresher, sweet and fragrantly fruity, with appetising saltiness (that maritime note again).
Finish: Medium length, clean and elegantly sustained throughout. Warming, with supple tannins, becoming dryer and more fragrant, with hints of juniper, leading to late eucalyptus. With water, there’s a clean, fresh, aftertaste.
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