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Overall rating
84.75/100
votes
6
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
'Speck-tacular'
Vintage
12.10.2010
Stated Age
08 years old
Casktype
2nd Fill HTMC Hogshead
Casknumber
53.289
Number of bottles
257
Strength
61.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
31 Mar 2019 10:50 pm by dramspotter
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 70.92

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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila SMWS 53.289

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.75 points

  1. Ainulindale scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Very interesting dram overall with its specific smokiness and earthiness. Excellent for a cold autumnal evening.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Quite clearly speck on the nose indeed! Yet some sea breeze and its saltiness and a black truffle earthiness. Water brings out the toffee notes at the end with some citrus character
    • Taste
      87 87
      In the mouth strong earthy feel, very smoky, sweet, and creamy, leaving an excellent vegetal bonfire taste - fresh logs. Water smooth out the smoke towards dried leaves, emphasises the creaminess and mellows out the fire smell. Reveals some spiciness - cinnamon, and unravels the citrus
    • Finish
      82 82
      A smooth finish yet going away fast, ending on the oak. With water, some caramel stands out and gets to make the finish last longer.

  2. Coldorak scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Lovely dram, warming.

    Color: Sauternes
    • Nose
      85 85
      Neat, the nose is not too peppery despite the abv, and reveals peat, obviously, as well as citrus, apple, and pear. There's also a kind of grassy aspect to it, as well as hints of fresh paint.
      With water, the nose gets a little more pepperish, and speck becomes clearly present
    • Taste
      85 85
      The palate, neat, is sweet at first, then slowly becomes pepperish as the alcohol kicks in. The texture is oily, warming and very slightly dry. Citrus is present as well as butterscotch and campfire smoke. There is also a noticeable meaty aspect to it, with smoked meat, hence the name.
      With water, it becomes meatier and spicier, with stronger lemon. Texture becomes also creamier.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Neat, the finish is medium, slightly spicy and meaty, smoky, with a warming feeling on the gums. With water, it becomes dryer and spicier, with a light bitterness

  3. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: A sweet, earthy aroma of a steaming, freshly brewed redbush cup of tea was followed by seared vanilla honey cured salmon. On the palate neat absolutely delicious just like a crisp Tyrolean Panini with truffle and speck (distinctive dry-cured, smoked, juniper-flavoured ham only produced in South Tirol). When we added water it turned into a bowl of Cantonese style steamed mussels with a ginger oyster sauce on the nose, whilst the taste became a sweet, smoky, sooty, fruity rumtopf. After six years in an ex-bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky into a second-fill hogshead with a heavy toast and a medium char.

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