Taken from a single ex-bourbon hogshead, this is at the cleaner end of peated Islay malts, and a masterclass in subtlety.
Core FlavourSubtle peat, soft fruits
Cask detailsSingle hogshead Distilled in 2000
NoseStone fruits with heather honey and a waxy overtone. A subtle briny character and soft peat smoke hinting at salted caramel.
PalateTangerines and nectarines with buttered toast and shortbread biscuit. Warm on the palate developing a charcoal smoke.
FinishRich honey and vanilla linger while sea salt and smoke dissipate.
Highly grassy and mineral, it’s almost pulverised limestone mixed with green tea, lemon juice and coal.
Less oil means more balance for this stunning Caol Ila. The major citrus element cuts through the peat; light sugar and malt salivates.