The taste of each CAOL ILA (say Cull Ee-la) matches a special aspect of the light at this remote distillery, tucked in a secret cove on the Sound of Islay. This one has unique freshness and clarity, like a clearing sky after rain.
Most Caol Ila is peated, but once a year a little is made from unpeated barley. While it’s still an Islay malt, blenders call it Highland ‘style’. Fifteen years ago some of it was reserved and matured in refill American and European Oak casks, to make this highly unusual, unpeated Islay single malt.
The nose is fresh and clean, with green apple and soft toffee, then rising maritime and citrus notes.
The taste is spirited and sweet, with sharp fruit, malt and toffee that dance boldly across the tongue like flecks of foam over wind-lashed waves. It then ends with a powerful warming finish.
Adding water introduces softer scents of fresh-laundered cotton and a whole fruit stall of fresh fruits. The taste is more accessible too; softer, lightly sweet and succulent, ending chewy, with more hints of fruit, barley sugar and mint.
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