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[5 Feb 2015 | No Comment | 593 views]
Caol Ila 25 yo OB – Review

This is the last 25 year old in our little series of 25 year olds this week. Caol Ila is the most prolific of the Islay distilleries and as such you find a lot of Indie CI bottling around, most of them are good, and some older ones are fantastic. But, is this 25 yo OB a match?
The 25 yo …

Caol Ila, Headline, Independent Bottling, Sherry, Tasting Notes, Wilson & Morgan »

[30 Dec 2014 | 3 Comments | 686 views]
Wilson & Morgan 1995 Caol Ila. 18 yo sherry cask #10027

Been a while since I had a good sherried Caol Ila. Too few good sherried CI’s out there, and I wonder why don’t they fill more. I am a sucker for the peat and sherry combo, and from first nosing this one I know it was up my alley. What are friends for eh?
Caol Ila 18 yo 1995/2013 ,57.5%, Wilson …

Caol Ila, Headline, Highland Park, Tasting Notes »

[24 Oct 2014 | One Comment | 828 views]
Two Indies from Denmark–Caol Ila 7 yo and Highland Park 1997

A few weeks ago as I was browsing through photos of whisky, cigars and food on Instagram (seems all my friends are either drinking, smoking or eating) I noticed an interesting image of 4 wee samples bottles filled with a hot sauce:

I was intrigued, and said I wanted to taste one. The internet is filled with nice people, and the …

Caol Ila, Feis Ile, Headline, Islay, Tasting Notes »

[8 Jul 2014 | No Comment | 987 views]
Caol Ila 2002 – Feis Ile 2014 festival edition

Time to continue the FE 2014 tasting notes with the 2nd bottling for the Festival by Diageo. This expression is essentially a 12 year old at Cask strength, personally selected by David Wood, Caol Ila Distillery Manager. It was distilled in 2002 and has been matured in Refill American Oak Hogsheads. It has been bottled at 55.5% ABV in an …

Caol Ila, Douglas Laing, Headline, Independent Bottling, Islay, Provenance, Tasting Notes »

[28 Aug 2013 | No Comment | 1,798 views]
Quick Dram : Douglas Laing young & feisty Provenance Caol Ila

Caol Ila “Young & Feisty” – Provenance (Douglas Laing) , 46% , £53
Sometimes whisky has to be whisky. nothing more. sometimes you reach for the “peat” shelf, in search for a young feisty Islay. This is what you might expect:

Nose: Sweet peat with pear drops , salt,  cinnamon tar and malt. Some kerosene. A young Caol Ila. Classic nose. …

Caol Ila, Cask Strength, Featured, Headline, LMDW, Signatory, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[25 Aug 2013 | One Comment | 1,099 views]
Oldies Goldies : Caol Ila 27yo, 1984, 56.1% – Signatory for LMDW

Caol Ila. Most thing of them as “that boring, newbies peated malt from Diageo”. While they are big, there are CI’s and there are CIs. the 12 yo is a staple dram, and ANY peat head has to go through that one at some part of his peat journey, but boy o boy, if you’re missing out on older aged …

Caol Ila, Cask Strength, G&M, Headline, Peated, Tasting Notes »

[15 Apr 2013 | No Comment | 1,206 views]
G&M Caol Ila 2000 Cask #309558-309559

One of the nice things about getting samples from whisky mates, is that you sometimes get additional stuff you never expected. this one is just like that. A cask strength release of 2000 vintage Caol Ila. This is a marriage of two casks which have been matured in first fill Sherry butts, before being bottled on June 2012 by G&M. …

Caol Ila, Headline, Single Cask, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[13 Dec 2012 | No Comment | 1,806 views]
Wemyss Malts lemon Smoke– Caol Ila

Another one from the latest batch of single casks from Wemyss this time an Islay, from Caol Ila, 16 year old, and from the name you can expect it to be lemony and smoky, and so it is…

Lemon Smoke, 16 yo Caol Ila , vintage 1996 , 46% ABV,£68.95
Nose:  Lemon pie, mixed with peat reek, leather, smoke, sweet peat and …

Caol Ila, Headline, Islay, Peated, Single Cask, Tasting Notes »

[6 Nov 2012 | No Comment | 1,047 views]
Whisky Base Archives Caol Ila 2000

one more single casks bottled for the “Archives” single casks collection by whisky base ,the younger brother of the 1982 vintage, I have yet to try but have heard great things about… let’s give this one a try, shall we?
Caol Ila 2000, 59.1 %, € 59.95 “Twin Peat”
so, a young CI, what can one expect? a lot of peat reek, …

Auchentoshan, Clynelish, Featured, Glen Scotia, Headline, Single Cask, Tasting Notes, Wemyss »

[27 Aug 2012 | 5 Comments | 1,759 views]
Tasting 3 new Wemyss malts single casks (latest batch)

A couple of month ago Wemyss released 5 new single casks to their Single cask collection, and continuing their recent trend, they do disclose which distillery is behind the lovely name and descriptions. I really like how they name their expressions, with descriptive names, although not as fancy and posh, and some might say over posh names given to some …