from Douglas Laing.
When describing Bruichladdich Port Charlotte An Turas Mor I was glad that each producing distillery from Islay is represented on the blog. But the joy was premature, because I forgot about Caol Ila. I do not know how it happened, I probably thought I had written about it.
Caol Ila was established in 1846. It is located in the NE part of Islay near Port Askaig, where the ferry from Tarbert arrives. It is worth mentioning that the ferry Finlaggan, which I sailed there was built in 2011 in the Gdansk Repair Shipyard. I wrote about the trip to Islay in this link. Caol Ila is beautifully situated on the waterfront. From the still hall there is the view right on the Sound of Islay. The distillery belongs to of Diageo.
I chose quite an unusual representative for the tasting, because from independent bottler Douglas Laing – a Douglas McGibbon Provenance series. I like releases from independent bottlers. They usually have a natural color, not less than 46% ABV and are not chill filtered. That’s the way my Caol Ila is presented. In addition, I know that it was distilled in Winter 2000, and bottled in Summer of 2010. Thus, we have 9 years. Single malt comes from one barrel – refill hogshead DMG REF: 6420.
N: indisputably peat, but not smashing, immediately vegetable notes appear of what is interesting with a bit of broth…, as it seems to me, fresh, young, hospital disinfectants, bandages, then I fell sweetness, with the time slightly unripe fruits like apple and pear appears, which are more noticeable when you add a drop of water, there is also a bit of ash and smoke,
T: also no shortage of peat, there is something medical and even dental, hard for me to pinpoint, but this is my association, slightly peppery, with a touch of salt, further ashes are perceptible, after adding a drop of water taste gets gently fruity,
F: quite long with a slight sparking and ash.
Caol Ila 9 years old from the Provenance series is an interesting proposition of young peaty whisky and I like peat. The smell and taste have some medical notes and ash, which I also like in single malts. It is worth adding a drop of water, which nerves some fruit but don’t expect too much of them. Whisky is relatively one-sided, not particularly complex, but focused in the right direction.