Adelphi Caol Ila 9yr Whisky Review

Every once in a while something unexpected comes along, it takes you by surprise and your senses are overwhelmed. That was the welcome to this phenomenal offering from Adelphi. While I will at some point cover the ‘standard’ Caol Ila offerings, this malt is completely different. It has a much higher peat content and a richer circumference.

The key point for me that makes this malt absolutely comes alive is the higher bottling strength, to date it equals none in the 60%ABV and above category in my opinion. That and no chill filtration or colouring and you have me won. This Islay malt has on first impressions alone earned a spot on my favourites list.

Notes

Nose: Peat, Ocean, Salt, Water, Marzipan, Aniseed.

Palate: Sweet yet incredibly light, Hints of glazed alcohol laden fruits, Waves of peat and ocean spray, Citrus. Wow.

Finish: Long and deep. Incredibly warm. Seductively sweet and smoky. Minutes later develops to earthen peat.

Details

Distillery: Caol Ila Age: 9yr’s Old
Region: Islay
Bottler: Adelphi
Distillation Date: 2001
Bottling Date: 2011
Cask: 303804
ABV: 60.7%
Limited: 1 of 254

Sláinte!