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A sherry-forward edition of the yearly Diageo Special Releases unpeated Caol Ila. While whisky from the distillery is usually very smoky, this yearly release looks at the distillery's other, less well-known side: unpeated spirit. The 2018 bottling was matured in refill and rejuvenated American-oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts, which give a balance of elegant vanilla and orchard fruit, and richer, sherry oak flavour.Tasting Notes (1)
- Fruit Cake
Diageo Special Releases 2018
Tasting Notes by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange
Flowery forests: honeysuckle and bracken. Sweet pine and brine notes follow along with a touch of meatiness. Then the sherry-casks make themselves known: raisins and sultanas, chocolate and a touch of citrus peel.
Stewed apples and sultanas lead, with fruit cake not far behind. Rich spice builds along with old oak and pleasantly musty damp forest notes.
Juicy raisins and a touch of menthol.
Weightier than previous editions, but still showing the piney/briney seaside notes that I like in the distillery’s unpeated spirit.
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Purchased this for a friend's 50th. I have tried a sample of it and it is so different from other Caol smoke-based tipples and also in my opinion very nice, one of those special bottles you pop open every now and then. This one is also very potent and I would one day love to get a bottle in the future, perhaps for Christmas. My friend is in love with this one and said it will last her a while. Also thank you for the great service Whisky Exchange - the item arrived well packed and on time.
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