SMWS 18 year Caol ila 53.198

SMWS 18 year Caol ila 53.198

SMWS 18 year Caol ila 53.198

Mashtun notes:


We are always keen to try a new bottling from the SMWS as it’s one of the most consistent (for quality) independent bottlers out there. We have to say that this bottle is yet another cracker. The nose gave us a nice balance of peat and sherry along with hints of lavender, tcp, and burnt matches. It’s earthy on the palate and retains the lavender and sweet peat of the nose. It also has a fruity and savoury notes, burnt wood, salt, and spices. The finish on this is medium to long with sweet medicinal notes, treacle, peat, and heather that tails off to a wood smoke and salty finish. It has that classic ‘peely walley’ light Caol ila colour and a lovely sticky oily texture. Letting this dram breathe doesn’t do much but a dribble of water opens up all the flavour, takes some of the ‘alcohol zing’ away, and sweetens the nose and palate. It’s amazing how little water this needed considering it’s almost 60%.

This is a fantastically well balanced dram that gets better and better the longer you drink it, and we could have drunk it all night!


Overall MashTun Score = 79/100

SMWS 18 year Caol ila 53.198
 
Wasabi on a California Roll


Aromas of freshly steamed fish with herbs next to an old derelict wooden pier whilst the taste is crispy clean salty, and herbal. Adding water, pistachio covered fish, and lavender honey sauce and the taste at the finish wasabi on a California roll.


 Notes: 59.1% ABV – SMWS 18 year old Caol ila. Second fill sherry butt and distilled August 1995. 510 bottles produced and £80 per bottle at time of tasting.

SMWS 18 year Caol ila 53.198

Nose:
Lavender and TCP
Palate:
Earth, sweet medicinal notes, lavender, spices, burnt oak, and a hint of salt
Finish:
Medium with smoke, sweet medicinal notes, heather, and wood smoke to end
Colour:
Peely walley
Texture:
Thick and oily
Air:
Air didn’t do much to be honest
Water:
Brings out sweet salt on the nose and palate
Overall score and comments:
78/100 – Another great Caol ila from the SMWS. It takes that ‘classic Caol ila’ malt to the next level. If you like the distillery then try this!
SMWS 18 year Caol ila 53.198
 
Nose:
Nice balance of peat and sherry, with a subtle earthy root vegetable aroma
Palate:
As with the nose, this struck a great balance between peaty, fruity and savoury notes, spectacular
Finish:
Dry, peaty finish with a bit of treacle
Colour:
Light
Texture:
Dry, sticky, tanny.
Air:
Not a lot
Water:
I added a dribble to take off alcohol
Overall score and comments:
83/100 – It’s a peaty number with a complex palate and lovely balance of flavours, hugely enjoyable.
SMWS 18 year Caol ila 53.198
 
Nose:
TCP, salt and vinegar crisps, and burnt out matches
Palate:
Very smooth with burnt wood and hints of salt
Finish:
Has a nice length, full of salt and peat
Colour:
Peely walley
Texture:
Oily
Air:
Brings out more wood on the nose
Water:
Just a little water turns this dram into a stonker!
Overall score and comments:
76/100 – Another cracker from the SMWS. I do like Caol ila but this one has a nice twist.
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