Review: Caol Ila 10 year old, unpeated (2009 release)January 15th, 2010
One more review of the new limited edition 2009 releases (coming to the U.S.). I like this whisky very much, but not enough to put it in the 90s. (Perhaps some of you may differ with me?)
Caol Ila “unpeated”, 10 year old, 65.8%, $60
Caol Ila makes unpeated whisky for blenders, but it rarely gets bottled as a single malt. Here’s a chance to find out what Caol Ila tastes like without the smoke. Very revealing. Good viscosity and rather sweet, showing thick honeyed vanilla, gobs of fruit (lemon drops, lime tart, ripe Bartlett pear, kiwi), mint jelly and cut grass. Its sea influence finally emerges towards the finish with emerging brine and just a hint of seaweed. Interesting: Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain are now bottling peated whiskies, and Caol Ila does just the opposite. This is an interesting diversion, but I am missing the added dimension of peat smoke in this Caol Ila.
Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 88