||35 years; Refill American oak hogsheads, refill American and European oak butts|
||100% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Caol Ila (Port Askaig, Scotland)|
The flagship whisky of the 2018 Diageo special releases. The oldest official Caol Ila bottling - I’ve had a few old independent bottlings of Caol Ila (like a 31 year old from Signatory which was quite good but not outstanding). Old peated scotch, matured in refill casks…nice!
Batch: Diageo Special Releases 2018
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2018
The nose is unbelievable. Leather, wax, ever-so-light smoke - wow! Unbelievable nose. A bit of mint, dried strawberries, guava, hazlenuts, almond, ashiness, menthol, cedar, dry earth, and old orange peel. The palate is rich, spicy, and a bit smoky! Very spicy - shocking - but this works really well and softens as it sits. Rich and balanced, with more leather and waxy notes and classic old whisky notes. Loads of toffee and spice develop towards the finish. The finish has light spice, and is rich and complex, with honey, sweet peat, light tannic oak, herbal notes, pistachios, and an elegant dryness. The smokiness fits so well. And then grainy, too!
The tropical notes are fascinating throughout, and I love them. One of the best scotch whiskies I’ve tasted - really good.
Exceptional (3% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date receive this, my highest recommendation).
Value: Low. Not a cheap bottle of whisky.