This dram is a real milestone marking the first-ever Caol Ila 35 year old in this series and also the oldest Caol Ila Special Release to date from this much respected distillery.
It is a well-balanced and mature expression that shows a fine freshness, cleanliness and precision for its age.
A mixture of Refill American oak hogsheads and refill American and European oak butts.
The availability is restricted to only 3,276 bottles worldwide.
Appearance: Antique gold, good beading.
Nose: A slow, clean and clear start, with floral and fruity notes on a fresh-cleaned and faintly smoky base. Artist’s studio, lemon zest, butter and malt vinegar in one direct hit! The clean scent of a pair of brand new box-fresh trainers. The smoke is embedded in pine, resin and menthol notes wrapped round a cereal grain core. Later, a floral freshness with almond soap and final, fresh mint.
Body: Light to medium.
Palate: Cooling and very fluid, with a smooth, creamy texture, soon becoming dry after a quiet, lightly sweet start. Sugary, then smoky against a developing herbal astringency, with fennel and a trace of picture varnish. Wonderful
tooth-coating tannins offset a rising, peaty pungency.
Finish: Spicy-sweet, with honey, sweet peat smoke and crunchy cereal, smooth chocolate, syrupy pistachio pastry. Cleansing, with silky dryness and lingering smoky warmth.
Tasting Notes Courtesy of Diageo.