Caol Ila 2009
Caol Ila is Islay's biggest distillery and a producer of incredible whiskies. The crisp and smoky flavour is a concentration of the island's character and this Whisky Exchange exclusive from independent bottler Carn Mor is classic Caol Ila.
Packed with earthy peat, maritime malt and coastal smoke, it's a great aperitif or hip-flask dram – just the thing for walks on a frosty beach.
By Billy Abbott (The Whisky Exchange)
- Sweet, with earthy peat and smoke, barley sugar, spearmint and pine. Stormy seas and bandages follow.
- Sweetness, coal dust and peat lead. Then liquorice, chocolate and apples, before pine and pepper.
- Pine, mint, menthol and barley sugar slowly fade to leave singed apples and liquorice.
- Fresh and fruity Caol Ila, balancing sweetness, sharpness and complex smokiness.