Caol Ila 6 yo 2011/2017 ‘UAN’ (60.9%, Caora, Koval rye barrel, cask #900033, 140 bottles)
A very lovely arty label by our Swiss friends. Not too sure about what UAN means, but I guess you could put this bottle on display at the MoMA. Colour: white wine. Nose: some very fresh, slightly mashy young Caol Ila with a layer of croissant dough and apple compote, plus some lemon juice and a moderate smokiness. With water: a funny tequila-y side, or rather a whole bowl of margarita. Mouth (neat): sharp and punchy, all on limejuice. Really all on limejuice, cool climate riesling, and the sharpest sauvignon blanc ever. With water: same feeling, plus a few fennel seeds, aniseed… Thick mouth feel, almost limoncello-y. Finish: long, extremely lemony, which is good of course. More straight smoke in the aftertaste, it’s late yet big smoke. Comments: I don’t think it’s very easy to find out about what comes from the rye but this fairly abstract little baby pleases me a lot.