A limited edition, natural cask strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky from Caol Ila, an active distillery on the Isle of Islay.
From a batch made once a year, from unpeated malt, for blending in the “Highland Style”. Distilled in 2000 and matured in refill American Oak and refill European Oak casks, the first of this series to come from the new millenium.
Adopting the forceful style of earlier unpeated expression, this complex CAOL ILA faithfully displays the make’s typical youthful and vibrant DNA as it marries glorious fruit and hints of smoke and the sea with smooth mature tannins, becoming succulent and softly relaxed with water.
Color: Pale gold with green lights. Pale beading
Aroma: Unhurried, delicate and precise. Opening with fresh green apple above a soft creamy layer of toffee and malt. Maritime notes, with mint, lemon and drying sharpness.
Taste: Challenging and powerful, yet essentially fresh, light and spirited, with a sweet taste overall. Cooling menthol, sharp fruit, then lots of malt and toffee. Much more accessible when reduced with water.
Finish: Powerful, with bracing late menthol and eucalyptus. Soft and smooth with water, with a fennel-like edge and aftertaste of pistachio nuts.
Limited availability worldwide.