Caol Ila

Islay #1 10 Years Old Batch 3

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What they say

A mysterious single malt from Islay, independently bottled by That Boutique-y Whisky Company. This one is a 10 year old expression, boasting lots of peaty notes all the way throughout. You don’t even have to dig very far to find them – unlike the team on the label, who are deep in a coal mine and about to find a giant clove of garlic. What could this all mean…?

Batch 3 is a release of 534 bottles.

Official tasting notes

  • Nose: Earthy smoke with a whiff of coastal air mixed in, joined by salted butter on crumpets and a touch of dried fruit.
  • Palate: Bright notes of pineapple and tinned peaches arrive first, before savoury rye spiciness builds up.
  • Finish: More rye, now paired with peat heat and caraway.

What I say

Batch 3 of Boutique-Y’s Caol Ila, oops I mean Mystery Islay #1 is bottled at 10 years old – I should really do a side-by-side with this and the Aerolite Lyndsay expression hmm.

  • ABV 47.9%
  • Age 10 Years Old
  • Bottler That Boutique-Y Whisky Company
  • Bottling Batch 3
  • Cask Undislcosed
  • Category Single malt scotch whisky
  • Cost £49.95
  • Origin Caol Ila Distillery
  • Outturn 534 bottles
  • Region Islay
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage undisclosed

My tasting notes

  • Appearance Barely gold (3/20), slow, medium-fine tears and tapered legs.
  • Nose Peat smoke and fresh lemon juice, oysters, scallops, ozone, briny, bbq bacon or meat, coal tar soap, jif lemon and honey.
  • Taste Malty and biscuity, a touch neutral, then some honey and vanilla, nutty, peaty, creosote, nut brittle and caramel but no salt, black pepper, umami, bbq beef or beef jerky.
  • Finish Long, sweet and peaty, peanut brittle, coal dust and Arbroath smokies.
  • Overall Basic but delicious Islay malt, an oddly unsalted sweet and smoky combo.

Score 84/100

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