Kategoriarkiv: Caol Ila

Caol Ila 12 YO

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 1
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: This is lemon, honey and peat. The nose comes through as a layered experience. The first layer delivers the peat, which is a honey sweet smokiness from burning wood and hay. Not far behind is a layer of fruits, especially lemon and sour green apples. In the third layer, which is a bit further back, there’s dry soil, vanilla and a salty caramel. The vanilla moves up a layer with time in the glass.

Mouth: It starts out very sweet with honey and vanilla. The fruitiness comes forward on the sides, while the peat starts to fight with the sweetness in the middle. The citrus fruits, together with a malty note, bring through sort of an IPA note. They also create a white wine aura surrounding everything. There are still notes of earthy dry soil and a small hint of oak.

Finish: There’s no real impact at first. A mild chili pepper spicyness gently spreads and a mix of peat and lemon fills the mouth. It still has the IPA note in the middle. The vanilla and honey are both toned down. The oak comes through in a good place and it overpowers the peat and the lemon to become the focal point. The oak turns the fruitiness towards assorted tropical fruits. It has a nutty quality to it. It’s a very juicy finish and there’s no astringency. This is not as dramatic as the peat level would have you believe.

Additional information
This is the base level of Caol Ila’s core range. It’s aged in american ex-bourbon barrels for the full maturation. The ppm level is around 35.

Caol Ila Distiller’s Edition 2006-2017

ABV: 43 %
Origin: Islay
Type: Single Malt
Bottles in collection: 1
Emptied bottles: 0
Impression: 4/5

Tasting notes
Nose: Varm and sweet vegetable peat smoke with hay, honey, green grapes, green apples, yellow pears, a perfumey note on top and a funky complex note within. The moscatel finish really comes through the heavy peat.

Mouth: Fruity with a sour tang, dusty oak, malty, sweet chili, nice rounded off spicyness, the peat notes covers the mouth but let’s the other flavours shine in the middle.

Finish: Dry white wine, dry smokiness like burning yellow grass and a dusty note. The funky note makes a reappearance but leaves just as fast. The oak brings tropical fruitiness but really never takes over. There’s a slight metallic note and a peaty cover left in the mouth when the rest of the flavours fade.

Additional information
All whiskies in Diageo’s ”The classic malts of Scotland” series are accompanied by a special Distiller’s Edition. This version of Caol Ila is finished in ex-Moscatel wine casks.