Caol Ila

35 Years Old, 2018 Special Releases

ABV 58.1%
REVIEWED Issue 156
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Brand: Caol Ila
Expression: 35 Years Old, 2018 Special Releases
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 35 years old
ABV: 58.1%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Editor's Choice
Issue 156
Tasting notes
Taster   Lyndsey Gray
Nose: Baked pears, freshly washed linen, gorse flowers and tree bark create soft and earthy aromas with undertones of salted peanuts, black pudding and cement.
Palate: Bursting with waves of bonfire smoke, hot leather and lime juice with the palate gradually sweeting with cherry bakewell tarts, fig rolls and heather honey.
Finish: Complex with a chalky texture mixed with a sweet oiliness.
Comment: A ball buster layered with smoke, fruits and salty sweetness.
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Soft and gentle smoke here. Latakia tobacco and the waft of an open humidor. Something nice and jammy too.
Palate: That gentle smoke comes through with a smoked almond nuttiness as well. There is a marine, saline note with salt-baked cod and freshly baked sourdough. An intense orange citrus note, the moment when you spritz orange zest.
Finish: All the elements combine together, layered and intense.
Comment: A complex whisky that takes you on a ride from saline to sweetness, via smoke.
Visit the distillery
Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
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