Caol Ila 2000
70cl / 61.5%
15 Year Old Unpeated Special Releases 2016
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
- White Pepper
- Dark Chocolate
Caol Ila 2000 Reviews
Tasting notes by Billy Abbott (TWE)
Nose: Fruity toffee and pine needles – Christmas stocking treats eaten under the tree. Behind that initial hit are farmy notes, sweet meadow flowers and grass, with a hint of distant smoke sitting at the back. It continues to develop, with lemon and lime zest appearing along with more pine notes and rosy touches.
Palate: Big and thick, with spiced toffee and pungent leaves – rhubarb leaves (which I know you’re not meant to eat…) and white pepper. It’s concentrated and can take water well, revealing chocolate, more toffee and a mezcal herbaceousness – Serge at WhiskyFun is going to like this one.
Finish: Simple but lingering, with pepper and dark chocolate.
Comment: The Caol Ila is usually the entry I consider buying in each year’s Special Releases, and this year is no different – the cask influence is well balanced and the distillery’s spirit character is clearly in evidence. It works well with water as well, making it almost a whisky cordial.