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Single Malts of Scotland 10 year old Caol Ila 2009 Single Cask (Cask No. 317841), 58.3%

Price: $95 Issue: Summer 2020 Reviewer: Susannah Skiver Barton

A whole lotta beach: oyster shells, brine, vanilla saltwater taffy, and bonfire, plus fresh coconut shavings, jasmine, and freesia. Oily in the mouth, it's drying without water, highlighting salinity, smoke, cigar wrapper, lemon oil, and Jordan almonds. With water, lemon, vanilla taffy, and mouth-puckering saline; the smoke is less overt. It finishes clean, sweet, and simple, with grilled lemon and lingering smoke. (298 bottles; U.S. exclusive)