Caol Ila Unpeated 14 Year (2012 Special Release)
Caol Ila // Islay, Scotland
This is a cask-strength, unpeated whisky from Caol Ila, which traditionally, of course, releases peated whiskies. It is part of the 2012 Special Release collection from Diageo. Aged in European ex-sherry casks it is bottled at 118.6 proof.
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 TypeEuropean ex-sherry
"As with most cask-strength whiskies, the aroma is somewhat closed, but you will find gentle notes of stone fruit and malt with a hint of moss. These aromas greatly intensify after a few drops of water and include red fruit and baking spices. Honey sweetness is included as well; this with the fruity notes help to tame the high proof just a bit. The whisky is slightly slick and finishes sweet and spicy."