Caol Ila Distiller’s Edition 2016

Caol Ila Distillers Edition 2016

Paid: $55 + Shipping for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Caol Ila / Diageo

Region: Islay

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 12 Years (Distilled 2004)

Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon, finished in Moscatel casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes



Color: Light gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Airy, white grapes, lemon, ash, smoke, salt, pineapple

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Gentle smoke, ash, peat, oak, light pepper, vanilla, malt

Finish: Little warmth, medium length, citrusy, smoke and sweet wine notes.

Thoughts: When I opened the bottle it was after I had a sampling of Longrow and Laphroaig with friends and we were all disappointed. When I revisited it to write up these notes I just was a bit bored with the experience, the muscatel casks don’t divert the profile too much from the regular 12 year.

Score: 78 out of 100

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