Part of the Diageo Special Releases Collection 2014.
A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt from Caol Ila, an active Isle of Islay distillery, this is the ninth limited release of unpeated Caol Ila. From a batch made once a year, from unpeated malt, for blending in the “Highland Style”.
Distilled in 1998 and matured in ex-bourbon first fill American Oak casks.
Pale gold; considerable nose-prickle, and a maritime top note – a fresh sea breeze, with scents of machair flowers. Behind this is a very light cereal note (Swedish crisp-bread, becoming vanilla sponge) and a hint of lemon. A smooth and creamy texture and a surprisingly sweet taste, with light saltiness and chilli pepper. Lively clean and warming, with traces of dark chocolate and juniper in the aftertaste.