Review #1404 – Cao lla 11yr SMWS 53.297 “Stampede of Peat”

The Schtick: This is an independent bottling of spirit distilled at Caol Ila, bottled by SMWS after 11 years of aging in an ex-bourbon barrel. This bottling, “Stampede of Peat” is bottled at cask strength, with no coloring or filtering. Let’s see how it is.

Review #1404 | Scotch Review #486

Distiller: Caol Ila

Bottler: SMWS

Brand: SMWS

Selection: N/A

ABV: 58% ABV

Age: 11 Years


Nose: Honey, musty caramel, big peat and a wet slap of briney smoke. Fungal and very marine.

Taste: Thin to medium mouth feel, although there is some heat. Sweet lemon, honey and a slap of peat smoke. Ashy and fungal. Not much else going on.

Finish: Long, really hot. Punishing hot almost. Lots of peat, smoke, ash and brine. Dead sea stuff.

Overall: This is ok. Nothing bad about it, but it’s a hair hot, and also sort of lacking complexity. Could reach higher.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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