- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- The Distillers Edition
- Calculated age
- 12 years old
- Double matured in Moscatel Sherry Wood
- 43.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml 1000 ml
- C-si; 4-468
- Added on
- 11 Sep 2009 12:31 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 1996
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.43 points
- This OB malt, distilled in 1996, has spent the last part of his aging in ex-Moscatel Casks (Moscatel is a liquorous portuguese wine produced near Setubal).
N: initially it seems that a soft smokiness and a hardly peatiness take command: this is no Setubal, this is Islay! Nevertheless, with just a little patience, a lovely aroma of cane sugar, vanilla and a bouquet of candied citrus fruit comes out. Within the expected liquorous notes, tamarind peeps out many times, but with discretion. We like this nose!
P: the aging in Moscatel has refined the notes of smoke and peat, which come to mouth really softly. Thanks to that, the palate is flooded by ripe fruits (red fruits too and mainly strawberry) and chocolate. Remarkable, even if not disturbing, the vinosity.
F: it's a real shame that the finish isn't that good: lenght and strenght are frankly limited. It's a hard job to take back the fruitiness and it's all focused on peat and burnt wood.
In the end, we have to blame the finish, that is guilty of lowering the appeal of this Caol Ila. However the distillery's experiment succeded: the "Ilysh" typical profile isn't upset, but the Moscatel's influence contributes to hide the most prickly and marine characters. So we can appreciate a quite elegant malt, with a never icky sweetness. Price is fair (about 50 euro) and supports our sentence: a good product with no peaks, positive or negative they would be.
- A bit too diluted, that's a pity. Nevertheless this is a really nice whisky with a good balance between peat and fruitiness.
Peach, pear, peat, banana, apple, milk chocolate, caramel, vanilla and a touch of sea salt.
Caramel, peat, galia melon, pear, vanilla, peach, milk chocolate, sea salt, oak, kiwi, plums, honey, tangerine, cereals and nutmeg.
Mainly peat showing up in the identity of dark chocolate, the fruit is pretty much gone now.
Rich and complex aromas of ripe fruit among others, peat, brown sugar, candied fruit, iodine and tones of pepper, licorice, cinnamon, cloves and ash in sight.
In the mouth there are round and sweet flavors of pineapple, peat, cinnamon, caramel and earthy tones present. Hints of candied citrus, red fruits like berries, fire, smoke, carrot, malted grain, tobacco and fresh vegetable flavors. A very complex flavor that beautifully balanced.
Long and soft with full notes of smoke and anise
- Caol Ila Distillers
Edition Moscatel Finish Distillers Edition is one
of the renowned brand Caol Ila, distilled in 1996 and has in recent years
matured in ex-Moscatel barrels. Moscatel is a drop Portuguese wine made in the region of Setubal, the influences of the wine are very noticeable in this
whisky. Pleasant notes that the flavors and aromas that extra depth and
- The Islay-sherry mix is well mastered
Salted peat pepper and ripe fruits
salt, peat, pineapple, pear, earth
sugar-sel, floral, anise