Caol Ila 2000 15 Years - Unpeated - Special Release 2016


Another year and another excellent unpeated Caol Ila for the Special Releases. This is the first of these unusual Islay malts to have been distilled this millennium, being filled into refill American oak hogsheads and refill European oak butts back in the year 2000.


As we’ve already noticed in recent years, those unpeated Caol Ilas (aka Highland Caol Ila) are never totally unpeated. Just like Champagne ‘brut’ is never totally dry. Colour: straw. Nose: spirity and alcoholic. Not saying it’s totally un-nose-able, but I’m not too fond of methylated spirits. Some cider, perhaps? With water: gets a tad vinegary. More cider. Nose: Mouth (neat): it’s good, but there are many other ‘Highland’ whiskies that are just as good, if not better, within Diageo’s very wide portfolio. You don’t need examples, do you? Oh and it burns. With water: canned fruit juice. Finish: medium, with grapefruits. Comments: totally not my business, obviously, but I do not quite understand why they don’t issue a middle-aged regular Caol Ila CS within the Special Releases, instead of those rather unnecessary unpeated versions. Fairly good whisky, no question about that, but what’s the idea? The message? The philosophy behind it? (given that we aren’t blenders). SGP:632 - 75 points.


      Volume 70cl
      ABV 61.5%
      Type Single Malt Scotch Whisky
      Age 15
      With Box Yes


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