Caol Ila 25 Year Old (Official Bottling)
42% ABV, £130-165 for 70cl
What they say:
Launched in 2010 this is a 25 Year Old Caol Ila bottled at 43% ABV
Official Tasting Notes
Appearance: Full gold, medium viscosity.
Aroma: Without water, sweet-spicy, fresh sea air notes with hints of preserved fruit, perhaps. Adding a little water brings up subtle, fragrant, polished wood.
Palate: Without water, immediately sweet and fruity with balancing bitterness. As befits its age, the trademark smoky-medicinal character of Caol Ila is controlled. Good mouth-feel. Adding water gives a sweeter start, then a light smokiness elegantly envelopes the palate. Sweetly drying overall. Medium bodied, elegant and smooth.
Finish: Quite long, sweetly drying, with more smoke coming through. Pleasant aftertaste.
What I say:
Our 3rd dram in the Caol Ila Warehouse tasting room was their 25 Years Old expression (2nd bottle from right)
Full refractive gold
Vaporous, sweet, sea spray, copper metallic, melon and cucumber
Initially watery before developing a spicy hit, this is full of vanilla and coconut custard cream, hints of peat and antiseptic
More vanilla cream, long but very tame
Would I buy it:
This is super-smooth but very one-dimensional, compared to the beautiful cask strength expressions we had been trying at Caol Ila this one was just a little watery and tame. Wonderful if you like smooth whisky, but sadly just a bit too tame for us to love it.