Caol ila Distillers Edition 2020 vs. Caol ila Feis Ile 2021
Both Moscatel finishes, with Feis the finish time is even known. Let's look for similarities and differences.
The Distillers Edition is nice and sweet on the nose, candied fruits (orange, pineapple), some elderberry, rose water. But the maritime Caol ila character is not neglected either. Seaweed, crab chips and fine citrus notes, plus a smoke that I would name here with a smoldering coal fire. In any case, the sweet side that comes into the bottling through the Moscatel barrels is dominant.
The Distillers Edition is significantly sweeter than the standard 12, while the Feis bottling comes closer to this, especially with water, but adds an additional odor dimension.
The Distillers Edition is sweet, soft and fruity to begin with. Fruits glazed with honey. Vanilla. Rauch rather in the second row, especially in a direct comparison.
Distillers Edition and Diluted Feis Bottling are both sweet on the finish, the Feis has a strong oak finish. Undiluted, the Feis has too strong oak in the finish.
I find it exciting how sweet the Distillers Edition comes off in this comparison. I don't remember previous batches so sweetly, maybe it's just the day's shape