I am working my way through The Ladies’ Share’s tasting called ‘Back to Islay‘. Todays whisky is a release from the Swedish independent bottler Auld Rare Whisky. I have reviewed one of their other whiskies before; a Bowmore 1989 22 YO.
Caol Ila Distillery is located in the Northeast of Islay, not far from where the ferry lands. We had a lovely tasting with Nigel at the distillery last Autumn.
Todays Caol Ila was distilled in 1991, matured in bourbon barrel #3324 for 19 years, and then bottled at 54,5 ABV. The outturn was 252 bottles.
Very fresh and rich on the nose. I get lemon, lime, grapefruit and pineapple. The bourbon cask gives vanilla and Marshmallows. There is some canned pears as well. Eucalyptus and mint. Mmm…rich on the palate. Salt, lemon and peat. Very fresh and fruity. It is a tropical fruitiness with pineapple. It is quite sweet. The finish is buttery. It disappears too quickly and leaves the palate with a hint of metallic taste. The peat is still present.
My score: nose 23 / taste 24 / finish 21 / balance 22 = 90
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