Review #652 | /r/Scotch Review #224 – Caol Ila 2009 6yr Old Malt Cask
The Schtick: This is a younger Caol Ila that was matured for 6 years and bottled at 50% ABV
Distiller: Caol Ila
Bottler: Old Malt Cask
ABV: 50% ABV
Age: 6 Years
Additional Info: Cask #12936
Nose: Young and sweet, big vanilla. Super fruity, really loaded with Dole fruit syrupy sugar notes and a big, wet peat presence. Earthy and mossy.
Taste: Medium mouth feel, musty and sweet. The peat is super earthy and mineral forward and it almost tastes wine finished – there is a ton of fruit character here. The sweetness and the peat are both really in your face, and they don’t blend very well.
Finish: Long and earthy with a lot of pepper, salty smoke and dominant earthy peat. I said earthy twice because the peat here is super raw. Then the vanilla makes a final stand.
Overall: This wasn’t bad, but it was definitely young and significantly out of balance. It could use some more time in the cask.
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