Caol Ila

Caol Ila 15 Year Old Special Releases 2016 Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 70cl

The Special Releases 2016 edition of unpeated Caol Ila is yet again shot through with a hint of smoke. It's a mixture of American- and European-oak-matured whisky, adding some richness to Caol Ila's nutty unpeated spirit.

Nose

Fruity toffee and pine needles – Christmas stocking treats eaten under the tree. Behind that initial hit are farmy notes, sweet meadow flowers and grass, with a hint of distant smoke sitting at the back. It continues to develop, with lemon and lime zest appearing along with more pine notes and rosy touches.

Palate

Big and thick, with spiced toffee and white pepper. It’s concentrated and can take water well, revealing chocolate, more toffee and a mezcal herbaceousness.

Finish

Lingering but straightforward, with pepper and dark chocolate.