"Various highlights reveal themselves, just like a great sight-seeing holiday."Ian Wisniewski 2008, Whisky Magazine, Issue 69
Caol Ila Cask Distillers Edition works best served in a traditional whisky glass, with a little water.
An Islay beach bonfire of a whisky.
Wonderfully concentrated and clean, peaty, medicinal, with rich fruit, spicy and fragrant.
Sweet maltiness strike first, then overwhelmed by peat smoke, intense, crisp flavours, and cinnamon spice.
Long, rounded, robust and multi-layered.
Distillery: Caol IlaTM
Age: Varies. Double -matured in Moscatel cask wood
Strength: 43% ABV
Place of Origin: Port Askaig
in brief… Brilliant, clean and refined with great balance.
in a sentence… An extraordinarily stylish and complex double-matured expression of Caol Ila; the Moscatel cask wood not over- evident; richly flavoured yet also drying and finely balanced.
Wonderfully concentrated pure, clean Caol Ila – peaty and medicinal, with rich fruit, spicy and fragrant. With water, the fragrant smokiness comes singing through.
Sweetness and maltiness strike first, then are quickly overwhelmed by peat smoke and intense, clean, crisp flavours. Caol Ila’s signature smoky bonfires are here, and build to quite a size. Overall, drying, in a beautifully balanced, complex, elegant development with cinnamon spice.
2007 - 2008
"The finish in question here is Muscatel casks and you can tell that from the start, as the nose is filled with a rich, sweet, and very pronounced dusky fruitiness — sloes and plums. The smoke as a result is diminished as are the grassy/bacony notes. While the smoke does emerge from its fruity bubble on the tongue, the effect is almost liqueur-like. It’s a very pleasing dram, but the question is, is it Caol Ila?"
Dave Broom, Whisky Advocate Summer 2012
"Touches of creamy smoke, along with walnut rinds, almonds and lemongrass make this a sensually appealing whisky on the nose. The palate is perfectly rounded: sugared, pine smoke; sour spring grass; grapefruit; and, nutmeg linger in the mouth. Then comes a finish that keeps working until, a minute after it’s gone, you get a bitter bite that caps the experience off right at the back of the throat. It’s lovely."
Alwynne Gwilt, June 2012, www.misswhisky.com