Caol Ila 10, Ex-Bourbon Hogshead



Our second named Caol Ila release for members of the Nation is here!

This cask bottling, distilled in August 2010, spent ten years maturing in a 2nd fill bourbon hogshead. It was bottled at cask strength in July 2021 at 57.6% ABV. Cask #314028 yielded 282 bottles.

Our tasting notes are as follows:

Color: Pale Gold

Nose: First impression is redolent of eating sugar cookies on a beach blanket while the tide rolls in... but don’t stop there and you’ll uncover toasted malt, charred sticks, roasted hazelnuts, and warm wholewheat bread.

Palate: Oily and warming with dried seaweed snacks, ground ginger, warm pine needles, cinnamon gum, and now warm sourdough bread

Finish: Quite invigorating with warming spice (ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg) but lingering sugar cookie sweetness and a very soft nuttiness (warm cashews come to mind)

On the label: There’s a salty sweetness upon opening that gives way to toasted malt and roasted hazelnuts. An oily palate delivers notes of warm spice and dried seaweed before an invigorating finish closes with spice, sweetness, and a soft nuttiness.

This powerhouse Islay distillery has a capacity of 6.5 million liters of alcohol per year with the bulk of that supporting Diageo's Johnnie Walker blends, especially Black Label. Known for its tall stills (that over look the Sound of Islay, or Caol Ila), gently angled lyne arm, and lower fill levels in the stills, the spirit, despite being peaty, can be exquisitely fruity and floral.
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