12-Year-Old Caol IlaRegular price£129.99 Sale price
Emerging from Caol Ila’s secluded spot on Islay’s rugged north-eastern shore, heavily peated malt meets the memory of a full-bodied Tuscan red. Dried red fruit and smoky bacon mingle in this complex spirit. Some understated fruity sweetness. Savoury ham and soft tannins complete a beguiling sensorial trip.
|Finishing Cask||Brunello di Montalcino Wine Hogshead|
Inhale peat, honeyed smoked ham and the tang of salt. Red wine fruitiness. That soft sweetness then subsides, chased by more big smoked meat flavours. A saline tinge to close.
A medium finish. Neither short nor sweet, given the staying power of its savoury bacon notes.
SOME NICE SNAPS
Scotch fans make many a pilgrimage, but the ‘Queen of the Hebrides’ is a true malt whisky Mecca. The handful of picturesque distilleries on the island are most commonly associated with powerful, heavily peated drams. But exceptions can be found. Potent. Smoky. Fumy, medicinal. Salty tangs. Some nutty outliers.