Elements of Islay Cl10 Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (500ml)
A Caol Ila from just three hogsheads (2008 & 2009 distillate), showcasing the distillery’s characteristic smoke, citrus and salinity in perfect measure. The bottlers describe the core flavour as 'buttery orange cake." One only. 58.2% Alc./Vol. Non chill filtered.
Other reviews... This new baby stems from three hoggies filled in 2008 and 2009. Colour: white wine. Nose: strong and sharp, a tad acetic/acidic at first – you’d almost believe you’re nosing concentrated limejuice – but it’s soon to become more civilised, with these lovely hints of fresh almond paste, anchoiade (crushed anchovies and olives), kelp, oysters… Once again, this Caol Ila is more coastal, more fresh than the Port Askaig. With water: perfect. The driest chenin blanc ever. Mouth (neat): a katana blade! My this is sharp, and my I love this. Very pure distillate, free of any make-ups or fiddling attempts. Lemon, oysters, peat smoke, and basta cosi. Sounds too simple, perhaps, but the balance between those simple elements lies beyond any reproach. With water: love it when these young peaters tend to go towards the best mezcals and rums (Hampden anyone?) Works in the opposite direction too, by the way. Finish: long, saltier. We almost had seawater. Comments: mucho impressed. Even if it’s a 50cl bottle... it could well be this month’s favourite B-F-Y-B bottle.
90 points - whiskyfun.com