Caol Ila 36 (Cadenhead’s)
Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling.
Nose: Subtle on the nose. Creamy with burnt toffee, Valencia bitter orange and virtually no smoke to speak of…
Body: Medium and almost whipped cream in consistency. Fluffy.
Palate: A big salty, ocean hit, then pineapple, toffee apple and rubber with a kiss of smoke (kameeldoring a sweet bbq wood used under African skies) and a lingering sweet heat.
Finish: Not huge in length but lemon and lime smokiness, all finely balanced with a gentle heat that fades in waves.
Neat/Ice/Water: It’s a 36 year old. Don’t be silly. 52.3%
Verdict: Superior (knocking on the door of stunning). For the first time on this site this whisky has been co-reviewed with @cuanbrown (we co-own this particular bottle). Almost unobtanium unfortunately, we were lucky enough to procure a bottle from Cadenhead’s and this got significant love from the other Cadenhead members at the tasting night. A special dram indeed. Its a 30+ year old Caol Ila, so we expected no less (they age so well). Only 210 bottles at £190 on initial release, but looking at it now it’s still available at roughly double from other resellers.