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


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


Dark amber gold (10/20)


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


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.


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


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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