Caol Ila 35 Year Old
70cl / 58.1%
Special Releases 2018
- Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
The pinnacle of the single malts in the 2018 edition of Diageo Special Releases – the oldest Caol Ila released as part of the series. It's a mixture of refill American-oak hogsheads, and both refill American- and European-oak butts, all of which add gentle character to the whisky while letting its 35-year-mellowed shine.
- Black Pepper
Caol Ila 35 Year Old Reviews
Tasting note by Billy Abbott, The Whisky Exchange
Waxed apples, royal icing and honeysuckle to start. Hints of dirty smoke hide at the back, surrounded by brine and a touch of aromatic sandalwood. Fruit sits at the heart of the dram: sweet berries, pear and pineapple.
Rich and thick. Fruit juice runs through the core: mandarin, apple and pineapple. Spice builds slowly along with waxy touches: nutmeg and white pepper. The smoke is soft but present: woody and fragrant.
Icing and damp tree bark. Dark and white chocolate. Black pepper pops up and fades. Apples and pears linger.
An appropriately excellent closer.