The third Exclusive bottled for TWE is a young Caol Ila bottled by Carn Mor: Carn Mor is a limited-edition range from independent bottler Morrison & MacKay. Carn Mor is a mountain on the edge of the Rough Bounds of Knoydart in the north-west Highlands of Scotland. Bottled at natural color and non-chill filtered, only 850 bottles were produced from two hogsheads.
Nose: Classic young CI on the nose, with sweet vanilla, young peat, apple and peat drops, gentle smoke and barley sugar, which comes as no surprise (yes, it’s 7 yo). lemon peel, ash, and a bit medicinal as well (first aid kits, bandages and the like), a hint of pine resin.
Palate: sweet on initial entry, then bursts of pepper, brine and sweet smoke once more, there’s also apple and pear, soot, and earthy peat, a touch of mint, and then more peat smoke, and apples. ending on bitter chocolate, cocoa, and more soot, and oak.
Finish: Mint, pepper, chilly powder, apple peel ,bitter oak, and soft smoke, dry.
It’s a solid young peated Islay alright, with everything one comes to expect from a 7 year old Caol Ila, bourbon cask (yes, it’s very light). A daily dram for cold winters, or a hipflask dram for a nice walk. Don’t expect wonders… It ain’t bad, mind you.