Caol Ila Distillers Edition
Bottle: The usual smoked glass & classic styling. I like the gold on chocolate labeling.
Nose: Pine, smoke, Orange peel.
Body: Medium and silky.
Palate: Sweet, syrupy and a little bit winey at the same time. The peat grows steadily and stays there right until the end of the finish. It’s a rich dram that fills the mouth very nicely. Warming and spicy.
Finish: Cinnamon, peat smoke, sour orange. A little shorter than I was expecting for a Caol Ila.
Neat/Ice/Water: 43%. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it… Neat
Verdict: Quaffable. The sweetness of the moscatel double maturation comes through and blends very amiably with the spicy, smoky character of the Caol Ila. This is a reasonably tasty dram with interesting characteristics but not sure it warrants it’s price point. It’s decent without really impressing and I say this being quite partial to Caol Ila’s normally. The nose & mouth are fairly strong but the finish let’s it down a bit.