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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2010 WhB
3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.69 points
- Issue price in June 2020: GBP 55.00
The parallels to the sister barrel, the smoke-malt profile, are interesting. However, the smoke is not greasy here, but rather dry and sweet.
For me, this whisky has a pungent note of rose water (cheap) and citrus freshener (artificial and chemical citrus notes).
In the background there is also a natural fruit note of raspberry and red currant, with some cherry.
The start is quite sharp. An intense cherry water aroma, reminiscent of Mon Cherie. Currants, a bit malty-grainy, slightly floral and almost perfumed. Again the impression of cheap rose water.
Medium-length, ashy with Rosenwaaer cherry water melange and light oak
More pleasing in the mouth than the sister barrel, a finer balance. I don't really like the artificial aromas, they also seem a bit depressed.
- According to a photo of the barrel "White Barrel". (American white oak).
The alcohol is well integrated throughout. In the nose I have medium smoke, cherry mint candy, pine nuts, wood.
The same thing on the palate as in the nose; very oily, but with less wood than the nose suggests; very very sweet, like an overly sweet cherry candy.
The finish is very long, clean, relatively reserved with light smoke, sweet cherry and fresh mint.
Overall, I like it quite well, but the cherry is very pushy.
If there are still similar barrels, you should perhaps pour them into ex-bourbon or virgin oak, so that the extreme sweetness is compensated for by more oak.
The empty barrels can then be used for another malt whisky or grain whisky. :)