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November 23, 2022


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Caol Ila by the bucketful, part two

Always with young ones, which really abound these days… The last one yesterday was a 2010 for LMDW, so let's start this with another 2010 for LMDW. They have a huge catalogue this year…

Olives

 

 

Caol Ila 12 yo 2010/2022 (56.8%, Berry Bros. & Rudd, for LMDW, Antipodes, Moscatel finish, cask #311735, 270 bottles)

Caol Ila 12 yo 2010/2022 (56.8%, Berry Bros. & Rudd, for LMDW, Antipodes, Moscatel finish, cask #311735, 270 bottles) Four stars
A moscatel finish, how to say… Let's see if this will be a sweet bomb. Colour: deep gold. Nose: no proper sugarganza, rather pencil shavings and mead, then big, fat, moist golden raisins, as well as gorse and wisteria. We're still around self-restraint but you do feel that things could… explode. With water: they never do, this remains kind of gentle, well-mannered, with more mead, touches of fruity cognac, and just a hint of mustard and tobacco, which would rather make us think of… Madeira. Mouth (neat): the sweet wine feels much more on the palate and comes with some kind of smoky curry and chutneys, plus bucketloads of rich honey. And yet, it's not cloying in any way. Mind you, it's neither Don Papa nor Bumbu. With water: some sugar coming out, muscovado, some sweeter beer, and perhaps some moscatel. Finish: medium, with the smoke and ashes coming to the front now. They took their time. Also clove and nutmeg. Comments: I feared too much.

SGP:666 - 85 points.

Caol Ila 11 yo 2010/2021 (54.8%, Thompson Bros. for Nickolls & Perks, dechar/rechar wine hogshead, 298 bottles)

Caol Ila 11 yo 2010/2021 (54.8%, Thompson Bros. for Nickolls & Perks, dechar/rechar wine hogshead, 298 bottles) Three stars and a half
Isn't it crazy what they do to casks, and to whiskies. Quasi-STR. Colour: gold. Nose: oh, a floral Caol Ila, with also broken branches, asparagus peel, pickled ginger (bring the sushi), sandalwood, Szechuan pepper…  Something's clearly different in there. Also coastal oranges, I mean oranges and seawater. With water: oh, back to normality, with the trademark ashes, citrus, seawater and oysters. Ointments in the background. Mouth (neat): very unusual. Much green smoke and cedarwood, so pencil shavings, turmeric and ginger, perhaps a little pineapple (dried)… With water: rather more pineapples, grapefruit, and some biggish ginger and turmeric. Eucalyptus in the aftertaste. Finish: long, very spicy. Comments: very nice variant, a wee bit like the official Distillers Edition, but bigger.
SGP:555 - 84 points.

Caol Ila 12 yo 2009/2022 (56.3%, Whisky Sponge, second fill sherry butt, 374 bottles)

Caol Ila 12 yo 2009/2022 (56.3%, Whisky Sponge, second fill sherry butt, 374 bottles) Four stars and a half
A unicorn, according to the label. A 12 years old unicorn? Actually, they say it is a 'cooonicorn'. All right then. Colour: deep gold. Nose: the sherry was still pretty active the second time, but tobacco and walnuts can do no wrong to whisky. The rest is at its best (shh), with seawater, oysters, citrus, camphor and tiger balm. With water: need a little time to settle down. Oh super, old coins, copper polish, dried meats, walnut wine, ale, fino sherry… Mouth (neat): excellent, if just a tad spicy/oaky (what a second fill indeed!) Salty lemons, seashells, a little ginger and nutmeg, bitter oranges… With water: excellent. Triple-sec plus walnut wine and seawater, with a little sage and liquorice. Works. Finish: long, even spicier. They say second fill, but it feels like a softer first fill. Anyway… Comments: what this one's really got, and that many didn't quite display this far, is balance. And probably more fruits.

SGP:656 - 88 points.

Aila Col 2009/2022 (56.3%, The Whisky Jury, refill hogshead, cask #Twj-Islay-2001-2, 338 bottles)

Aila Col 2009/2022 (56.3%, The Whisky Jury, refill hogshead, cask #Twj-Islay-2001-2, 338 bottles) Four stars and a half
Okay, is this pure cocketry or are they, indeed, going to have to use silly or secret names for Caol Ila too? But after all, The Whisky Jury also did an 'Eye Land Pork'… Colour: straw. Nose: it's a pure one that won't need much literature. Sunflower oil, lemons, oysters, ashes, seawater, three olives (per glass, James). With water: and cucumber juice? Mouth (neat): basic but the base is very high. Salty lime juice, ashes, gherkins, some fatness (suet) and spiced kippers. With water: touches of maracuja and banana in addition. Finish: long, balanced, on more of all that, with oranges and cloves in the aftertaste. Comments: we may have reached another plateau. A 9 and a 12 are not the same thing, whichever the wood.
SGP:656 - 88 points.

Caol Ila 11 yo 2009/2021 (46%, Signatory Vintage, Kirsch Import, refill sherry butt, cask #317885, 849 bottles)

Caol Ila 11 yo 2009/2021 (46%, Signatory Vintage, Kirsch Import, refill sherry butt, cask #317885, 849 bottles) Four stars
850 bottles out of a single cask, even at 46%, that's well done! Colour: white wine. Nose: sunflower oil and olive oil, plus anchovies and whelks, plus almonds and wood and coal ashes. Very OB-ish, very nice, refreshing, easy. Mouth: very dangerously drinkable. Brine, ashes, citron juice, olives, kippers, seashells, granny smith, drop of crème de menthe. Finish: rather long, saltier and ashier yet. Lovely caipirinha-y signature. Comments: these should come with a warning. You say they do?

SGP:556 - 86 points.

Caol Ila 12 yo 2008/2020 (48.4%, Douglas Laing, Old Particular, refill hogshead, cask #DL 14251, 338 bottles)

Caol Ila 12 yo 2008/2020 (48.4%, Douglas Laing, Old Particular, refill hogshead, cask #DL 14251, 338 bottles) Four stars
It's an old particular, but it's not particularly old. Right, right. Colour: white wine. Nose: same style as that of the SigV, fresh, coastal, with some oils, seashells, a little tar, ashes, brine, oysters, lemon juice, sauvignon blanc… Mouth: even more so, but I would tend to like this one a little better yet, for it's greener, more on granny smith, wakame, extreme oysters (open sea), and olives. Olives will save the world and bring peace everywhere. Finish: rather long, with a salty manzanilla-y character. Only the aftertaste is a tad bitter and a little too much on bark. Comments: great drop, only misses the 88-line because of the aftertaste.
SGP:566 - 87 points.

Asta Ila 12 yo 2008/2021 (52%, Asta Morris, sherry butt, cask #AM141, 732 bottles)

Asta Ila 12 yo 2008/2021 (52%, Asta Morris, sherry butt, cask #AM141, 732 bottles) Four stars and a half
Belgians adding frogs to their labels, we've seen it all now. We'll start to add shrimps to ours! Just one question, if they ever bottle a Bowmore in the near future, will they name it 'Asta Martin'? Colour: straw. Nose: not a first fill butt. It's pure, albeit fattish, paraffiny Caol Ila, with some notes of mirabelles (hey?) and then seashells and tart apple juice. With water: exactly where a young Caol Ila should stand in my book. Lemons, citrons, brine, white beer, fresh bread, smoke, oysters… Mouth (neat): excellent, with excellent citrus, some icing sugar, excellent limoncello, and excellent honey. Not too sure where and why all this sweetness, but it's lovely. With water: indeed, excellent, super-tart and zesty, salty, and yet with a fatter, oilier fruitiness. I'm afraid we'll have to mention limoncello once more. Finish: rather long, salty and sweet. Green pepper, wax, seawater... Black pepper in the aftertaste. Comments: bordering the 89-line. Excellent young Caol Ila.
SGP:656 - 88 points.

Caol Ila 12 yo 2008/2021 (54.5%, Smuggler, bourbon hogshead, cask #310478, 312 bottles)

Caol Ila 12 yo 2008/2021 (54.5%, Smuggler, bourbon hogshead, cask #310478, 312 bottles) Four stars
We're in Switzerland this time; hoppla grüezi! Remember, we say we Alsatians are Belgians who never made it to Switzerland, unless that would be just the other way 'round. Colour: pale white wine. Nose: gooseberry and green apple juice, wool and chalk, almond paste, leaven and baker's yeast, gherkin brine… Not much wood influence to say the least, while I hear no complains (from my part). With water: fully on raw wool. Mouth (neat): tight and tense, hyper-vertical (the Jungfrau, I tell you), all on brine and lime juice, mezcal, seawater… With water: careful, it would cut you. Raw kirschwasser, more seawater, carbon and ink, ashes aplenty, salty doughs… Finish: long and ultra-tight. Comments: eau-de-vie de peaty barley plus granny smith. Not the easiest Ci around, but hab' ich gern. I mean, I like it rather a lot.

SGP:456 - 87 points.

Why not an OB before we call this a session…

Caol Ila 14 yo (53%, OB, The Four Corners of Scotland, Distillery Exclusive, 2022)

Caol Ila 14 yo (53%, OB, The Four Corners of Scotland, Distillery Exclusive, 2022) Four stars and a half
This exclusive baby was matured in refill and freshly charred hogsheads. The Four Corners are Glenkinchie, Caol Ila, Clynelish and Cardhu. Colour: white wine. Nose: another purer Caol Ila, with some paraffin yet again, carbon, new leatherette, apple juice, gentle smoke (this time), almonds, and rather less coastal elements, perhaps because of those 'freshly charred hogsheads'. But there is rather a lot of cough syrup. With water: linseed oil, wool, Barbour grease, new wellies and porridge. Prettish Scottish, no? Mouth (neat): awesome salty sweetness, with some tropical fruits from those fresh-charred hoggies – probably – and many oysters and many lemons. Excellent. With water: terrific, saltier yet, with olives stuffed with almonds or anchovy paste. I mean both, but separately. I know what I'm trying to say. Finish: long, more on ashes and olives. Comments: fantastic drop, another one to cellar for, like twenty years. Quasi-90. Who blended it?
SGP:457 - 89 points.

Nine, that's a good number. But we may have a third CI session soon, they've been really piling up…

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