Review: Caol Ila 9 Year Old 2009 Islay Single Malt (Signatory) / by Jason Hambrey

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9 years; refill hogsheads
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Caol Ila (Port Askaig, Scotland)

This whisky is nearly clear, which I love because it means there hasn’t been too much cask influence and I get to really taste the distillery character. Looking forward to this!

Review (2020)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

The colour on this is almost clear – like the lightest of white wines. It’s a hogshead, but must be well used….
Great nose. Dense smoke, toffee, cinnamon, lemon, and smoke are so nicely balanced. The smoke is so prevalent, front and centre…just awesome. We also have some nice farmy and medicinal characteristics – no surprise there. And some younger notes, and unique ones, like pancake batter and freshly blanched broccoli, nearly undercooked. The palate is smoky, slightly citrusy, with more toffee, vanilla, woodsmoke, mulberries, white pepper, and blueberry bushes. Nice and ashy. The finish is lightly smoky, with some pickled lemon, malty notes, clove, cardboard, and maltesers.

Caol Ila distillate, relatively pure. Nicely done!

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Average, based on $110.