Caol Ila Distillers Edition 2004/2016
A Distillers Edition bottling of Caol Ila single malt Scotch whisky, distilled in 2004 and bottled in 2016. Before it was bottled, it was given a finishing period in Moscatel casks to impart more rich sweetness to the smoky single malt. As ever from Caol Ila, it's an excellent example of the top-notch malts distilled on the Isle of Islay.
Wonderfully concentrated pure, clean Caol Ila – peaty and medicinal, with rich fruit, spicy and fragrant. With water, the fragrant smokiness comes singing through.
Sweetness and maltiness strike first, then are quickly overwhelmed by peat smoke and intense, clean, crisp flavours. Caol Ila’s signature smoky bonfires are here, and build to quite a size. Overall, drying, in a beautifully balanced, complex, elegant development with cinnamon spice.
An extraordinarily stylish and complex double-matured expression of Caol Ila; the Moscatel cask wood not over-evident; richly flavoured yet also drying and finely balanced.