This review focuses on a robust expression of Caol Ila which was distilled in 2016, initially matured in a bourbon hogshead before being finished in an Oloroso octave and bottled at a cask strength ABV of 59% by The Single Cask.
So, let's dive right into the review!
The Single Cask Caol Ila 2016 4 Years Old (59% ABV)
Nose: Blueberries, black berries, light aniseed, herbaceous oregano, caraway, charred coriander seeds, angelica root, barbecue meats, sea salt, lime stone.
Palate: Peat lays as background sound while it froths through with angelica root, caraway, honeyed bacon, sarsaparilla, red wine, brine, bacon fat and leather takes over. On a second sip, concentrated grape juice, grape skins, drift wood, damp soil and raisins.
Finish: Long, drying and velvety, bacon drippings, savoury, caraway, herbaceous, saline.
This expression is available by the dram at The Single Cask while stocks last!