||12 years; refill hogshead|
||100% Malted Barley|
|Distiller||Caol Ila (Port Askaig, Scotland)|
Another Signatory Caol Ila, this time a cask strength 12 year old matured in a hogshead - 246 bottles produced.
Batch: Cask 311566
Bottling Code: N/A
Bottling Date: 2019
Intense marine notes, dried fruit notes, light sherry notes (oxidized wine), smoking leaves, decomposing vegetation, cowlicks, rockpools, preserved lemon, peach jam, blanched almonds, and even some thyme. With time, dried fruit, in growing proportion. The palate is smoky, earthy, and with some more mineral notes, molasses, and dark chocolate. Some macadamia nuts, darkly roasted almonds, and black pepper, too. And – a bit of intense dried floral notes (lavender). The finish is rich, earthy, and peaty – with the mineral character coming through still and a bit of oxidized wine. It has an enduring dryness to it. Excellent stuff, it really is.
Takes water very well.
Very Highly Recommended (19% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).
Value: Low, based on $153.