Smoked ham over a peated bonfire, sea breeze, herbal mortar and fresh citrus aromas make way for tobacco leaves and a light malty sweetness.
The peatiness is well balanced, black pepper, orange peel thrown on the fire then doused with a briney splash, old rope pulls up hints of TCP and a slight liquorice tang.
Rich and oily, stays with you for a good length. A slightly minty, white grape and bitter black tea tapers off the end..
Caol Ila 12 Year Old
The second release by Single Note follows their highly successful, and now sold out, Caol Ila 5 Year Old bottling. Caol Ila was Rick's first distillery visit, and he fell in love with it. Its only right for him to choose it for his first release... and seeing as it went down so well we're not surprised he's stuck with it for the second!
This time it's a 12 year old single cask caol ila that's been matured in an ex-bourbon barrel and bottled at cask strength.
Nestled on the east coast of the Isle of Islay, the Caol Ila distillery overlooks the sound of Islay, the narrow straight of water between Islay and its neighbouring island, Jura.
This is in-fact where the name originates from, Caol Ila is Gaelic for Sound of Islay.
A beautiful spirit and classic embodiment of the Islay whisky characteristic. A dance of peated maritime notes and citrus undertones, a delightfully complex yet balanced dram.
Distillery: Caol Ila
Bottled: Natural colour and without chill filtration
Bottle Size: 500 ml