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Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2020) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition

(70cl, 43%)

Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2020) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition
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Caol Ila 2008 Distillers Bottling Note

It's another marvellous Moscatel-cask-finished Caol Ila here from the Distillers Edition series! This particular edition was distilled back in 2008, and bottled in 2020 following the aforementioned rest in Moscatel sherry casks. Sweet dried fruit notes work wonderfully with the familiar coastal smokiness of Caol Ila, making for a satisfying sip.

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Rock pool salinity, plus stewed fruit and herbal hints of anise.

Palate: Tangy citrus peels, swiftly followed by kippers and caramelised nuts.

Finish: A long finish, bustling with smoke.

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Caol Ila 2008 (bottled 2020) Moscatel Cask Finish - Distillers Edition Reviews

A Savoury Sensation

Another white wine looking dram, the sherry finish is not the first thing that impacts on the nose, the first immediate reaction is sea water, brine and the seaside memory of shellfish stalls. I'm not saying it smells fishy, but the sea salt tang is there. Underneath that you do get some vanilla sweetness from the sherry finishing, alongside dark dried fruits.

The smoke doesn't really hit you till you taste it, then you get that smoked meat vibe along with some bonfire ash. It's quite subtle though compared to say, Laphroaig or Ardbeg. There's also a good whack of black pepper, and a little chilli heat.

The finish lasts for ages, your mouth buzzes as if coated by that brine/smoke/meat/spice combo. There's also a good amount of citrus orange zing as well.

26th August 2021

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