This is the thirteenth unpeated limited release from this famous Distillery A batch made once a year, with unpeated malt, for blending in the “Highland Style”. From refill and rejuvenated American Oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts.
Bottled at 59.1% abv with limited availability worldwide.
Nose: A mild nose-feel, despite the strength. Relaxed, with gently rising waves of deeply fruity sharpness; green apples and a hint of orange zest. Pear-drop sweetness and biscuity cereals sit against a distant backdrop of soft vanilla with a whiff of sea-salt; a vanilla sponge cake enjoyed on the beach. Agitation opens up fresh spearmint and lemon zest and further creamy-smooth vanilla.
Palate: Cool and viscous, with a surprisingly mild mouthfeel and at first a fruit-gum sweet, minty-salty taste. Then, massive freezing heat, packed with resinous notes; clear honey, pine resin, salt and lemon. Mid-palate, fresh peach. Exquisitely coating and firm, oily yet drying
Finish: Huge, long, persistent and warming, with some spice; aniseed, liquorice, honey, and lemon zest. Superbly coating, with dark chocolate bitterness and a late pungency.
Official Tasting Notes.
CAOL ILA ‘Highland Style’ was originally made once a year to meet the needs of blenders and was not sold as a single malt, as it could never be available in sufficient quantity. The introduction of Special Releases gave it a ‘home’ and enables us to enjoy this unique single malt in its own right.