Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Mashtun notes:

We find that the SMWS are one of the most consistent independent bottlers out there, so that combined with the fact we have a resident Caol ila expert on our panel meant we had high hopes for this. The first thing to mention is that it was almost 65% ABV, so it certainly makes an impact. The nose encapsulated this by providing a wee alcohol burn. The burn subsided though to leave us with peat, salt, malt, wild grass, heather, sulphur, and a hint of soap. The palate is warm with red fruits, spent matches, brine, peat smoke, and salt with a hint of ginger. The finish was long peaty and salty with some fruits and spices thrown in at the end for good measure. It has that usual light (peely wally) Caol ila colour and an oily thick texture that’s dryer than you’d imagine. Letting this dram breathe mellows the nose and palate. It also adds spices to the palate and brings out savoury notes and malt in the finish. This needed a fair bit of water (maybe 20% ratio) but when the right amount is added it really brings out the ‘Caol ila’ in this whisky. It brought out peat and earthy notes on the nose as well as heather and sea salt on the palate.

This is a powerful whisky that does need the right amount of water to bring it together. This won’t be palatable for everyone but if you persist with it, and have the constitution to cope with the ABV it eventually delivers a Caol ila that packs a punch and rewards you with a myriad of flavours.

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Big leather armchair next to an open peat smoke fire eating thick American style pancakes and maple syrup remembering dinner which was a slow roasted chicken with salvia sauce over mashed potato and looking forward to Phillies Blunt Perfecto cigar.

 Notes: 64.4% ABV – 242 bottles made and bottled by the SMWS. Ex bourbon cask – distilled 16th of March 2000. £80 per bottle at time of tasting.

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Nose:

A wee alcohol burn then peat, salt, brine, heather, and sulphur

Palate:

It’s slightly harsh (warm) with salt, light peat, and brine. It also had a slight hint of ginger behind the salt

Finish:

Long and salty with spices at the end

Colour:

Peely wally

Texture:

Oily

Air:

Mellows the nose and palate and takes off the alcohol tinge. Also brings out savoury notes and malt in finish

Water:

Brings out peat and earthy on the nose and   heather and sea salt on palate. I added a fair bit though

Overall comments:

This is a powerful Caol ila from the SMWS that is not for the feint hearted. If you appreciate Caol ila, and have a strong constitution then give it a go. Lucky I adhear to the above so can easily cope with it!

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Nose:

Malt, peat, wild grass, cornmeal, chocolate, heather

Palate:

Warm, red fruits, coal smoke, Cajun spices, rhubarb

Finish:

Fruity and slightly spicy aftertaste, a touch of salt on the end

Colour:

Classic Caol Ila light yellow

Texture:

Sharp but clean texture, a little dry

Air:

Air evens out the nose and spices up the palate

Water:

This is a high ABV, I must have added about 20% water

Overall comments:

A faithful representation of the distillery, hits all the rights marks. Peaty but leaves space for fruit and savoury flavours. Recommended.

Caol ila SMWS 53.218

Nose:

Bourbon, oak and imperial leather (soap) with a smell of malt

Palate:

Spent matches, salt and peat smoke

Finish:

Long tangy, smoky, zesty, and salty

Colour:

Gold

Texture:

Thick

Air:

Not a lot – possible because of the high ABV

Water:

Totally brings out the Caol ila in this dram

Overall comments:

If you like a sweet & smoky dram then this is the ‘bad boy’ for you. It’s not for the feint hearted at first but Caol ila and the SMWS shine through. Nice, spicy, smoky dram.

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