Caol Ila is the biggest distillery on the isle of Islay, home of all things good and peaty. It’s one of the less hyped distilleries, although it is quite capable of creating great malts. I’ve tried their core range a few months ago (12,18,Natural Cask Strength) as well as the ‘Unpeated’ version. i am quite fond of the 12 year old as a daily dram when a little peat is due.
It’s no secret that i am finding myself less and less allured by pear, and most of the whiskies i am now tasting are not peated (or not heavily peated), but once in a few days, i do find myself longing for a little of that peaty delight (once a junky, always a junky), and i remembered having a wee sample of this one sent to me some months ago by Oliver.
This beauty was distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2009, which makes it 13 year of age , and was bottled from cask # 10035.only 591 such bottles were ever made.
Caol Ila, 1995/2009 Single Cask #10035,60.5% ABV , currently of out stock
Colour: Straw gold
Nose: Classic Caol Ila style : Lemon, Fruit, Smoke, and peat. Some turpentine and also sea breeze.
Palate: Starts sweeter, until the peat avalanche gets into high gear. Tons of peat, quite a lot of smoke, Bacon and spices.a lovely celebration of all things Islay!
Finish : Peat,bitter coffee, smoke, and burnt bacon.
An utterly enjoyable Caol Ila. Much more complex than the 12 year old version, and a real treat for every Islay lover.I doubt you can get a bottle of this, since they are long gone, but in case you can, grab two, one for me
Score: 89 / 100