Review: Elements of Islay CI12 Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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7 years; refill sherry butts
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Caol Ila (Port Askaig, Scotland)

The Elements of Islay independent bottler has continued to produce impressive whiskies, and their website,, is one of my favourite whisky producer websites with good descriptions of the distilleries and flavor profiles coming from the island. Although this doesn’t explicitly say “Caol Ila” on the bottle, that is where it is from…

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

The spirit is raw, but very engaging – smoke, hospital aromas, custard, peat, pine, nut oils (in a very nice way), agave, white pepper, royal gala apples, lemon peel, and clove. The palate is clean, oily, spicy, and smoky. The intensity of the peat is on the lighter end, it’s more the smoke here along with some of the medicinal qualities. Some nice herbal notes, too – reminding me of many herbal liquers. And well balanced, with light sweetness and vanilla playing a nice part. Peach jam, once again. The finish has some lemon peel, smoke, decomposing vegetation, and white pepper.

Really nice at cask strength. With water, it opens up, but its youth comes to the fore.

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Low, based on $140/750 mls.