Caol Ila Stitchell Reserve (2013 Special Release)
Caol Ila // Islay, Scotland
The Stitchell Reserve is named for retired distillery manager Billy Stitchell who spent 39 years at Caol Ila. The eighth unpeated Caol Ila single malt from Diageo's Special Releases, it is taken from American Oak, rejuvenated American Oak and ex-bodega European Oak casks and bottled at cask strength.
Single MaltDistilled in pot stills from 100% malted barley, produced at one distillery, aged in barrels; if Scotch or Irish, must be aged for at least three years.
Cask Typerejuvenated American oak, re-coopered sherry casks
"The nose on this whisky is tame and has very subtle hints of brine and sea air. On the palate, this whisky can only be described as graceful. Despite the high proof, it is light as air with notes of fresh pine needles, and cut wood. The finish is fresh, with a hint of vanilla biscuits. With additional sips, tropical fruits emerge. Not the first or last surprise from this unorthodox dram. "