Caol Ila, Distillers Edition (700ml)
Caol Ila Distillery,
The combined effect of the Moscatel cask and European oak can work particularly well with peated Islay spirit - so long as it's not overdone.
Six months finishing in the sweet Moscatel dessert wine casks has resulted in a decidedly different Caol Ila.
A complex and richly flavoured whisky that maintains a fine sweet/dry balance.
Colour: Deep gold
Creamy, soft, sweet peat - think smokey vanilla wafer. Second pass suggests fennel / herbal tea over citrus lozenge.
Oily, semi-sweet, smokey fruit'n'nut-chocolate delivery, rounded off with sufficient zest and spice to counter the moscatel input. Liquorice bullets and lanolin in the aftertaste.
A seductive after-dinner Caol Ila to melt into dark chocolate or blue vein cheese