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December 15, 2021


Extra younger Coal Ila

There’s at all times extra Cola Ila. At this tempo we’ll quickly strive our 1,000th Caol Ila and I’m not joking, time to go ask Diageo about that pack of varied marshmallows that they had promised to me, round twenty years in the past. Now I would fortunately commerce that pack for a hogshead of Brora…

Caol Ila 10 yo 2010/2021 (48%, LMDW, Artist Collective 5.0, refill sherry butt, 2,139 bottles)

Caol Ila 10 yo 2010/2021 (48%, LMDW, Artist Collective 5.0, refill sherry butt, 2,139 bottles) Four stars

Whether or not you could possibly name 2K+ bottles a restricted bottling, I am not too positive. In my ebook, Malt Mill or Stromness are ‘restricted’, not fairly Caol Ila. However Caol Ila is at all times good… (S., what’s this awful chitchat about?) Color: amber. Nostril: peat and sherry, that is at all times a tough mixture. Typically it really works a deal with (Laph 74, Laga 21…) and typically it might simply conflict and fail miserably. Not fairly positive but, smoked espresso okay, smoked ham okay, salted cigars fairly okay, pinewood and raisins comparatively okay… Oh nicely, in these circumstances it is the palate that is king… Mouth: bingo, no clashes, this relatively works. Smoked raisins, smoked oysters, pipe tobacco, salted and peppered chocolate, salty liquorice, salted pine liqueur… Properly so long as any flavours can take salt, this stays nice. Phew, virtually a hold-up. End: lengthy, salty, smoky, a tad ‘darkish’ (synesthesiacal compadres, ahoy!) Feedback: heavy peat and heavy sherry collectively are at all times difficult, typically even straight nightmare worthy of a collection on f****g Netflix. A profitable problem on this very case, even when I favor my CI pure and bare.

SGP:467 – 85 factors.

Caol Ila 11 yo 2010/2021 (53.2%, Watt Whisky,Japan exclusive, hogshead, 326 bottles)

Caol Ila 11 yo 2010/2021 (53.2%, Watt Whisky,Japan unique, hogshead, 326 bottles) Four stars and a half

They’ve it good in Japan. Color: pale white wine. This ought to be fast. Nostril: mercurochrome, lime juice, oyster juice, carbon, seaweed. Millimetric and improbable. In a method, that is Scottish sake. With water: since we have talked about sake…  Mouth (neat): pure candy lemony seaweedy smoky palate. With water: immaculate smoky whisky, getting only a tad extra on rooty greens, beets, celeriac… End: sweeter, lengthy, pure, fermentary, even yeasty, and completely very good. Feedback: excessive purity, white mezcal from Islay. Plainly the years in wooden solely filtered out the roughness and some undesirable aromas and flavours, and saved the spirit completely pure and crystalline. You possibly can virtually settle a brand new faith round these ideas, even when CI is a distillery that is ‘run by one man and thirty computer systems’. Computer systems have grow to be our masters, have they not?

SGP:456 – 89 factors.

Caol Ila 13 yo 2007/2021 (48.5%, Decadent Drinks, Equinox & Solstice)

Caol Ila 13 yo 2007/2021 (48.5%, Decadent Drinks, Equinox & Solstice) Four stars

From their autumn version. Late as ever… I imply, I’m late as ever. Color: white wine. Nostril: completely Islay, that’s to say filled with seawater, uncooked wool, chalk and bits of kippers and oysters. What it hasn’t fairly bought this far is lemon however which will come… The woolly facet by no means stops rising on the nostril, I am even discovering some Woolite, washing powder, fresh-laundered sweater and all that. Briefly, a really clear CI (you have outdone your self as soon as once more, S.) Mouth: very salty and briney, going in the direction of inexperienced olives and inexperienced peppercorn, whereas some type of lemon chutney and a sense of coal smoke would complement all that. Smoked olive oil. End: lengthy, with extra smoked olive oil and a number of brine. Very reasonable tarriness, sauvignon blanc and a few whelks within the aftertaste. Grated lime zest. Feedback: very pure, very vertical, extraordinarily good. We’re approaching the 88 mark.

SGP:466 – 87 factors.

Caol Ila 13 yo 2007/2021 (55.6%, The Whisky Exchange, hogshead, cask #320247, 242 bottles)

Caol Ila 13 yo 2007/2021 (55.6%, The Whisky Alternate, hogshead, cask #320247, 242 bottles) Four stars

I might suppose this one will probably be comparable. Color: White wine. Nostril: not fairly, this one has extra tar, coal, new wellies, additionally iodine, bandages… I might have put this one on the south shore, actually. With water: it bought rounder, with just a little custard and just a little butterscotch. I suppose the cask had been extra energetic than that of the Decadent one. Some good Islay mud and uncooked peat too after some time. Mouth (neat): nearer on the palate, additionally way more lemony, zesty, tight and certainly, vertical. Extra bruits or bonbons however that could be the upper ethanol. With water: candy, citrusy, with some wine gums. It was not the upper ethanol, it is a relatively candy Caol Ila. End: lengthy, with some limoncello and one good oyster. Limoncello and oysters? Hem… Feedback: it suppose I benefit from the brinier ones a tad higher, however his one was very wonderful too. Positive bets.

SGP:556 – 86 factors.

Caol Ila 7 yo 2014/2021 (59.1%, The Whisky Exchange, hogshead, cask #311507, 251 bottles)

Caol Ila 7 yo 2014/2021 (59.1%, The Whisky Alternate, hogshead, cask #311507, 251 bottles) Four stars

It is a little younger, no? Let’s examine whether or not the hogshead had been super-fast or not. Color: white wine. Nostril: sweet sugar, croissants, butter cream, smoked malted barley, then ointments and balms. A bit jasmine too, maybe recent turnips. Intriguing… With water: tends to shut. Weissbeer, plaster, bandages… Mouth (neat): a great deal of sweets, smoked, with some gray pepper and maybe some radishes. One thing gritty in your tongue. With water: water kills the sweets (not obligatorily a nasty factor) and makes all of it greener, smokier and extra fermentary. It could additionally pull out some chilli notes. End: relatively lengthy, actually gritty now. Oversteeped inexperienced tea with some lemon. Feedback: not a straightforward one and presumably relatively an instance of an ideal whisky within the making, as Samaroli used to bottle inside his Ageing Monography collection, keep in mind?

SGP:656 – 85 factors.

One other very younger one…

Caol Ila 8 yo 2012/2020 (57.8%, Signatory Vintage for Navigate World Whisky, 1st fill sherry butt finish, cask #12, 525 bottles)

Caol Ila 8 yo 2012/2020 (57.8%, Signatory Classic for Navigate World Whisky, 1st fill sherry butt end, cask #12, 525 bottles) Four stars

This one, which was bottled for South Africa, could possibly be just a little explosive, so cautious… Color: copper amber. Nostril: dried porcini and gunpowder at first, then walnut wine, cigars and pipe tobacco. Precisely what we have been anticipating. No clashes peat vs. sherry this far. With water: marrow, umami sauce, Chinese language mushrooms and a brand new field of cigars. Cubans, naturally. Mouth (neat): huge and far sweeter. Peppered blood oranges, maybe, smoked Turkish delights, tarred liquorice allsorts, closely decreased PX (paxarette-style), chilli liqueur… See what I imply? With water: success! Eggplants stewed in honey (I do know that sounds odd) and baked ham glazed with honey. Very pretty meatiness. End: there, the walnuts are again. Nocino a.ok.a. inexperienced walnut liqueur (verify Silver Seal’s, they’re wonderful!) Feedback: I used to be scared however every little thing went easily. Very nicely produced. Thoughts you, it is solely 8!

SGP:666 (devilish profile) – 87 factors.

Caol Ila 2014/2020 (60.4%, L'Esprit, 10th Anniversary, Château Latour, cask #2005795, 293 bottles)

Caol Ila 2014/2020 (60.4%, L’Esprit, tenth Anniversary, Château Latour, cask #2005795, 293 bottles) Four stars

I do know I am late however joyful anniversary, L’Esprit and Whisky & Rhum! Not too positive this very younger CI spent the totality of its quick life in a Latour cask (so Cabernet crimson and recent French oak), however let’s simply strive it. Color: blush  and orange wine, 50/50. Nostril: blackcurrant buds, geranium, seawater, kippers, liquorice, grapefruits, diesel oil… I am joyful and honoured to report that there are not any clashes this far. With water: bitter wines and beers, bitter cherries… I would have mentioned pinot noir however naturally, there is not a single drop of pinot noir in Latour. Mouth (neat): oh hell, why not! I might suppose the spirit spent solely a short while in that Latour barrique, because the grasses, the artichokes, the raspberries, and even the tomato leaves in there appear to behave. Some nougat too, sesame, oranges… With water: clap clap clap, that is the perfect half. Raspberry liqueur with some seawater and smoked almonds. Sounds extraordinarily loco, I do know, however since steadiness was achieved, I might applaud the mixture. I am positive this isn’t solely the results of pure luck. End: lengthy, on peppered and smoked strawberries this time. Strawberries and pepper works. Feedback: phew! Now please make this once more…

SGP:766 – 86 factors.

Fast, a final clear one… No, truly not, I feel I am going to maintain these smoked strawberries in my mouth for just a little longer, adios.








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