- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Unpeated Style - Diageo Special Releases 2009
- Stated Age
- 10 years old
- First Fill Bourbon Barrel
- Number of bottles
- 65.8 % Vol.
- 700 ml 750 ml
- Unpeated Style
- Added on
- 24 Sep 2009 6:06 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 10-year-old
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.41 points
- Unpeated, uhh. Delicious fresh bomb with a nice peat.
- Hay, light fruit pears, apples, peaches, slight aunt jemima. Chocolate fondue. Whew, it burns the eyes if you get too close. palate works well with water.
- Color: Bright golden sunshine.
Nose: Without water: Lemon pie. Absolutely fresh, lemony and zesty. I love it! , On the side vanilla ice-cream, with those sweet notes. What a combination! Also some oaky notes, not too heavy but very surprising for a 10 year old malt.
With a few drops of water the nose becomes even more interesting: the melon notes still shine through, but softer melon and marshmallow notes now appear, so delicate yet clearly pronounced.
Palate: with water, there is still an evident punch. Lemons tingle the tongue , green apples, some sweeter notes also (fudge?) and some Coacoa powder as well.
Finish : Medium length with Cocoa, spice and Oaky notes that come echoing back. Quite interesting, and totally unexpected.
What a different profile of malt this Unpeated version has. Had you given me two glasses, one with this nectar and the other one filled with the 12 Peated version, I would have never guessed they came from the same stills at Caol Ila. The lemon pie notes, oak and apples with the sweet fudge & cocoa are really a well organized party going on in your mouth and caressing those taste buds. A delight. And at a premium strength. A combo you can hardly go wrong with. As a Peat-head , I must sat this one cought me by surprise, and Kudos to the CI people. A well made, yet very different dram.
What also struck me was the change both in palate and in the nose that this malt has undergone when adding water. it was good sans aqua, but with a bit of water, it just got more and more brilliant.
- Colour: Straw.
Nose: Sprity, light, clean, floral with some vanilla.
Taste: Young, spirity, clean, smooth, chewy, with some
biscuits and vanilla. Diluted, it becomes more floral. The finish is medium,
round, young, malty, oaky, with some vanilla.
General Impression: A light fresh, floral, slightly lemony
unpeated Caol Ila. Rather simple and not much is going on.
- This is a peaty unpeated whisky. So is it unpeated? No.. A whisky that doesn't need any water, though it's 65%.
The aromas is typical for Islay, tar, smoke etc. But it's not as powerful. Smoke light.
It's smoke and some salt sea breeze.
Medium long and peaty.