Abbey Whisky

Caol Ila

11 Years Old, 2008, AW Exclusive

ABV 54.2%
REVIEWED Issue 166
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Brand: Caol Ila, Abbey Whisky
Expression: 11 Years Old, 2008, AW Exclusive
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 11 years old
Year of bottling: 2019
ABV: 54.2%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Bottled by: Abbey Whisky
Tasting notes
Taster   Becky Paskin
Nose: Shy. There’s curious peat smoke, some heather and what promises to be orchard fruit later on.
Palate: Far sweeter than the nose suggests, all icing sugar and lemon sherbets at first, before a sweet wood smoke wafts gently through. It all remains rather creamy and timid until the finish…
Finish: … when things become strangely spicy and dry with that lingering smoke.
Comment: A great number to share among friends, although it could benefit from a little longer in cask.
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Gentle at first, with distant peat fires smouldering. Bacon being cooked downstairs, then soda bread fried in the remaining oil. Blood orange, dark chocolate.
Palate: Orange barley sugar sweets, caster sugar, strawberry jam and candied peel. Open log fire smoke, smouldering again with tree sap sweetness. A touch of vanilla too.
Finish: The peat smoke is central and dries out slowly with vanilla and cinnamon sweetness.
Comment: Interesting but doesn’t seem totally together. The smoke profile is lovely, though.
Visit the distillery
Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
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