With a blink (and two days absence) I fall behind with my Feis Ile 2018 commemorative reviews. Let’s fix it as soon as possible…
Feis Ile third day belongs to Caol Ila, the largest distillery on Islay (production wise) and we’ll go with another Indie bottling – a 15 Year Old single cask bottling bottled by the SMWS.
The cask was distilled on 16.03.2000, filled into a Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead and was bottled in 2015, producing 270 bottles at 63.5%
SMWS 53.226 Teddy boys at the beach (63.5%)
Nose: Feels heavy yet soft. Seawater smoke, dark honey, develops over time with lemon and brine pickled meat.
Palate: Heavy and intense, clean smoke, a dash of sweet peat, brine, seaweed, honey sweetness, vanilla pudding lurks behind and salted oak spiciness.
Finish: Short medium length, white pepper, lingering peat, salt, seawater, sweet honey, dry with subtle oak spices.
Thoughts: Yummy. This was quite a good indie Caol Ila. Very tasty with peat and strong coastal notes.