Especially slightly tart and ashy notes are pronounced here, fruit and sweetness tend to hold back. Overall, a successful bottling, albeit not too complex and you don't necessarily notice the long 21 years of maturation.
Delicious and tasty Caol Ila. Lately you have mainly been getting Caol Ila as (sweet) full maturation or with a finish (and mostly younger than here), but the distillate really doesn't need to hide from other Islay distilleries. A Caol Ila from a bourbon barrel is just really good. With this bottling you don't quite notice that it is 21 years old, but I really like the combination of smoke, wood, slightly tart herbs and citrus and banana notes. 89 points
A rather reserved bottling. Opens a little with little water and a lot of time in the glass. Fruity aromas are more in the background, while an ashy spice underlines the mild honey sweetness. Tasty but less complex than expected. At the current price of almost 200 euros, I would personally not buy the bottle. Caol-Ila fans could get their money's worth. A sample is particularly recommended here before buying.
Restrained, ashy, hardly any alcohol sharpness, a touch of country air. At first there is no trace of vanilla. Easily reminds me of the smell when lighting a gas grill. After 15-20 minutes in the glass, there is a slightly spicy, pleasant note of wood. Gains in depth in the glass over time. A few drops of water open the whisky a little in terms of taste in the second pass. For me it becomes a little more intense and better.
Mild honey sweetness, subtle spiciness, slightly peppery. But here, too, overall rather cautious, except for the rather brisk start for 48.3% vol. At 21 years of barrel maturation. A few drops of water make it appear a little more intense to me.
Spicy, slightly peppery, with somewhat tart wood notes. Medium length. A last breath of country air when I let some air slide over my tongue. Overall, also in the finish rather light and reserved and also hardly a trace of vanilla.