Caol Ila with a different touch of what I have tasted – and I love it.
Right after I opened this bottle of Caol Ila from Golden Drops who has it as an Independent bottler, I tasted some bitterness and my expectations lowered, actually I was a little disappointed -BUT! after some patience I was rewarded.
So my first advise is; Buy the bottle!
Next advice is; Open it, pour a dram and have patience with the first sip a least 20 min.
I do not recall ever having referred to a scent of tomato sauce in a whisky but that was one of these experiences I got. A lovely thick well spiced tomato sauce ready to be poured over a bowl of steaming hot spaghetti. Another scent that surprised me was what I will recall as Marmite – Yes the food spread made from yeast extract. Oh well it is a by-product of beer brewing and high i vitamins 😉
It is this meatiness that for me makes a difference and that it brings other aromas into the picture than other more streamlined whiskies.
It started in a ex-bourbon cask and finished in a first-fill oloroso sherry cask for 2 years. The sherry is not over powering and mingles perfect with the peat smoked barley from Caol Ila and the sweetness from the American oak wood.
So if you like Caol Ila and want a unik Caol Ila taste you need to visit Golden Drops to get your bottle. Only 287 bottle were sendt to the marked – and Golden Drops have them all.
𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙧𝙮: Caol Ila
𝘽𝙤𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙧: Cask 88 for Golden Drops Exclusive Spirits
𝙉𝙖𝙢𝙚: Single Cask – 8 Years Old – Cask Strength
𝙏𝙮𝙥𝙚: Single Malt
𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙩𝙧𝙮: Scotland – Islay
𝘼𝙜𝙚: 8 Years old
𝘼𝙡𝙘 %: 57,2
𝘾𝙖𝙨𝙠𝙨: Ex-Bourbon hogshead (2012-2018) and Finished in 1st Fill Oloroso cask for 24 months (Nov 2018 – Nov 2020)
𝘽𝙖𝙩𝙘𝙝: Cask No.: 325872
𝙉𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙪𝙧: Yes
𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣: September 17th 2012
𝘽𝙤𝙩𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣: November 2nd 2020
𝙇𝙞𝙢𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙: Only 287 bottles
𝙋𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚: € 93,-
🅼🆈 🆃🅰🆂🆃🅸🅽🅶 🅽🅾🆃🅴🆂
👃: Thick Ashy peat, tomato sauce, sweet marmit, hints of green grass, tobacco leafs, slight coconut, grilled pineapples – maybe on the burnt side, butter
👄: Creamy and dry, smoke notes are meaty, some dry grass, vanilla, a little ripe banana peel, blooming apple flowers, a touch of sea salt.
😋: Medium to long. Actually some of the smoke notes keep hanging for quite a long time. The smoke notes are tar ashy, umami and peppery with a nice tinkle on the front of the tongue. Just a little wood feel after some time. A touch of sherry.
I added ½ teaspoon water – after all it is 57,2% and it calmes down a little, not that it needs it in my opinion. On the nose it becomes more medicinal but it keeps the lovely saucy meatyness in both nose and taste. The taste mellows in the smoke and open more of the grassy and wood notes.
𝙄 𝙬𝙞𝙡𝙡 𝙜𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮: 🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 (5/6)
I really enjoy Caol Ila and this one has given me a new angle on what Caol Ila can do. Nice sweetness from the years in the ex-bourbon cask and a spicy touch, dryness and fruitiness from the sherry cask. A really fine combination.
🅼🆈 🆁🅰🆃🅸🅽🅶 🆂🆈🆂🆃🅴🅼
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙀𝙭𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙞𝙣𝙖𝙧𝙮 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙙𝙚𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙡𝙮 𝙖 𝙠𝙚𝙚𝙥𝙚𝙧
🥃🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝘼 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙞𝙛𝙪𝙡 𝙬𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙠𝙮 – 𝙊𝙣𝙚 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙛
🥃🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙 – 𝙈𝙖𝙮𝙗𝙚 𝙢𝙮 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙙𝙖𝙮 𝙙𝙧𝙖𝙢
🥃🥃🥃 – 𝙉𝙤𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙙 – 𝙄’𝙡𝙡 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙮
🥃🥃 – 𝙄𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙛𝙪𝙣 𝙩𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙗𝙪𝙩 𝙄 𝙢𝙞𝙜𝙝𝙩 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙙𝙤 𝙞𝙩 𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙞𝙣
🥃 – 𝙇𝙚𝙩’𝙨 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙨𝙖𝙮 𝙄 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙩