Caol Ila 10 Years Old 2003 – Small Batch
Islay single malt scotch whisky
46% ABV, £75 for 70cl
What they say:
Distilled in 2003 at the Caol Ila distillery on Islay and aged for 10 years in Bourbon Hogsheads before producing 738 bottles at 46%
Nose: Initially sweet, then wet ash comes through. Quite oily, lots of sage and then some limey notes.
Palate: Soft ashy notes, Lots of creamy lemon notes, some basil and more wet ash.
Finish: Dry ash, quite flinty with a growing creaminess.
What I say:
The final dram #5 at the WOLS Return to Drammage tasting on 15th January 2015
From Wm Cadenhead’s small batch range is this 10 year old Caol Ila expression, matured for 10 years in ex-bourbon hogsheads.
Light gold with medium tears
Vanilla custard, peaty peanut, swimming pool/chlorine, sea spray coated rocks in the sunshine at the beach
Vanilla ice cream, cereal barley, sea salt and lemon oil, rosemary, peaty ash
Medium long gentle peat with vanilla cream
Delicious, this one split the room of WOLS tasters (as per usual for a peaty dram). Unusually I found myself really enjoying this Caol Ila expression – mostly as I associate the peaty influence with cigarette ash/smoke, however in this one it was much more restrained. Strangely one of our tasters who was a big Caol Ila fan and found he liked this one a lot less than he thought he would!