Caol Ila Stitchell Reserve (2013 Special Release)

Single Malt

Caol Ila // Islay, Scotland

  • Cost

  • Distiller Score

    92
  • Avg. Rating

    4.25
    4 out of 5 stars
    ( 16 )

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.

  • age
    NAS
  • abv
    59.6
  • Single Malt
    Distilled 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 Type
    rejuvenated American oak, re-coopered sherry casks

Tasting Notes

"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. "

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