Caol Ila 10 Year Old, 2011, by Single Malts of Scotland
Distilled at Caol Ila distillery in 2011 and aged for more than 10 years in a single ex-sherry butt, which yielded a total of 612 bottles. This is a dram that truly makes the case for the immense enjoyment gleaned from the perfect balance of smoke, salt and dark fruits.
NOSE – Right away, toasted naan bread and oak-smoked salmon, stuffed with mackerel roulade, jump out. Then, Sicilian lemon peel, with a smattering of coriander seeds and heapings of spiced plum chutney.
PALATE – Smoky and sweet sticky barbecue sauce coats the palate with plenty of dried figs and a touch of mango juice. A vinegar-laden paper bag of fish and chips takes over, moving on to juicier notes of cranberry compote and candied cherries.
FINISH – Strawberry jelly sweets rest on, along with the ashy smoke of a burnt match and lots of vanilla sugar. A few pickled capers linger behind the fruity smoke.