Review #63: The Single Cask Islay Malt 2008 10 Years Old Koval Bourbon Cask

This review focuses on the second of two exceptional undisclosed Islay Malt expressions and this one was distilled in 2008, matured initially in a bourbon hogshead before being transferred to a Koval bourbon cask for an additional period of maturation then being bottled at a cask strength abv of 59.1% in 2018.


So, let's dive right into the review!



The Single Cask Islay Malt 2008 10 Years Old Koval Bourbon Cask (59.1% abv)


Nose: Complex, at first sweet and smoky, reminiscent of hot tar, before the vanilla sweetness and citrus comes through.   Palate: A challenging dram, full of spice and oak. A drop of water reveals more brown sugar and caramel, almost like a square of Scottish tabliet.   Finish: A long, oily finish, with charred oak, gentle peat and fruit while the lighter citrus fades away.


This expression is available in extremely limited quantities by the dram or as a part of a flight at The Single Cask.

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