Up for review we have a 30 year old Caol Ila from Malts of Scotland. It ticked all the boxes with cask strength, bourbon cask and a few years under its belt.
Eye: Amber honey
Nose: Restrained sweet maritime smoke. Ocean breeze with a campfire in the distance. Vanilla spice. Road surface after rain. Needs time to sit and open up.
Palate: Spicy vanilla and smoke. Very maritime. Lots of tar. Caol Ila oily quality is in full swing. Wow this is spicy. Citrus is there but is awash in vanilla cream. Could do with a splash of water.
Finish: Vanilla cream and malt mingle with the smoke and maritime elements. Long and rewarding. Good dram for a cold night.
This malt was a little on the spicy side for me. A dash of water rounded it off nicely though. Bourbon influence on this one was quite strong but the vanilla side of it was just great.
Distillery: Caol Ila
Age: 30yr's Old
Bottler: Malts of Scotland
Distillation Date: May 1981
Bottling Date: August 2011
Cask: Bourbon Hogshead #11009
Limited: 1 of 117
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