Caol Ila Unpeated 1997 17 year old (Diageo Special Release 2015), 55.9%
Price: $140 ● Issue: Winter 2015 ● Reviewer: Dave Broom
Aged in first-fill American oak, this shows a real brightness, crisp fruit, and some smoke—it's not really unpeated—and wet grass, before moving into pear and tarragon. The palate is intense, with a hay note, then an almost fino sherry-like note before sashimi emerges. Reduced, there's more of a soft flow, though there's still a touch of green olive minerality. A steal at this price. Snap it up.