Caol Ila

Islay #1 Batch 1 ~ 56.9% (That Boutique-Y Whisky Company)

Whisky Review: Islay #1 Batch 1

Category: Islay single malt scotch whisky

Origin: ? [Caol Ila Distillery]

Bottling: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company

ABV: 56.9%

Cost: £73.95 from Master of Malt

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What they say:

Islay #1 – Batch 1 Bottling Note

Mining for garlic, that popular pursuit. What is this label for That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Islay #1 single malt all about? Looks like a Coal mine, actually, and the French for garlic is… We can’t say any more.

This is a release of 1,260 bottles.

Nose: Nutty oak and subtle (coal-like, in fact) peat. Slightly meaty pine nuts with caraway, cereal and yellow fruit.

Palate: A drop of water helps open this fruity, toasty whisky with tangy peaty complementing the fruit.

Finish: Tasty toasted cornflakes and aromatic spices.

What I say:

Sampled as part of the #TBWCAdvent Twitter tasting just before Christmas

Appearance:

Dark amber gold (10/20)

Nose:

Sweet candyfloss and vanilla, peat smoke and a little ash, a touch of salted caramel and plenty of malt

Taste:

Sweet and spicy caramel and peat, mineralic, flinty, ashen, earthy and meaty, honey glazed bbq pork or beef, plenty of umami and nori seaweed in here.

Finish:

long and peaty with liquorice, honey roasted, smoked and salted cashew nuts

Overall:

Hmm another delicious Islay single malt. Perhaps my summer abstinence from peated malts was a little too long as I seem to be back into them with a vengeance. This is a great example, plenty of peat but with some lovely coastal, malty and generally meaty and bbq flavours to enjoy too.

Score: 88/100

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