Caol ila 17 Murray McDavid

Caol ila 17 Bottled by Murray McDavid

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Mashtun notes:

This one was brought to the tasting as a ‘wildcard’ due to the fact one of the panel got it at auction. It’s an independently bottled (Murray McDavid) Caol ila that was finished in a sweet white wine (Quart-de-Chaume) cask. It does have a wine note to the nose, along with bourbon, walnut, smoke, and olive bread drizzled with balsamic vinegar. The palate is sweet and smoky, with strawberries, honey, cedar wood, and some savoury tones thrown in for good measure. The finish is dry and plateaus quickly. It does linger on though and has a smoky citrusy tail. One of us even thought it had the feel of loose smoky black leaf tea. The colour was almost sherry like, and the texture was silky and tanny. Letting this dram breathe didn’t do much, but did slightly remove the balsamic vinegar notes from the nose. At 46% we could have happily drunk this without water, but adding a drop from the pipet sweetened the nose and palate, and released apple citrusy notes.

This is a very interesting and experimental dram, but it works on a lot of levels. The sweet wine cask does compliment the smoky bourbon notes in parts, and it did create a lot of discussion during the tasting. It perhaps shouldn’t work, but for us it did. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, however, we would recommend trying this if you ever get the chance. It was a bold move by Murray McDavid and they really did create an interesting, different Caol ila. It’s a dram that certainly won us over.

Caol ila 17 Bottled by Murray McDavid

1991 Caol Ila whisky matured in Bourbon casks, and finishing it in casks that used to hold Quart-de-Chaume, a sweet white wine made with Chenin Blanc grapes from the Loire valley, for a total of 17 years of maturation.

Murray McDavid official site

 Notes: 46% ABV – Independent bottling from Murray McDavid. Bourbon cask Caol ila finished in a Quart-de-Chaume cask. £70 per bottle (from auction) at time of tasting.

Caol ila 17 Bottled by Murray McDavid

Nose:

Wine, spirit, sharp bourbon, peat, olive bread with herbs

Palate:

Smoke, dark fruits, hints of wine and Turkish Delight

Finish:

Long and lingering, smoky and sweet

Colour:

Reddish gold

Texture:

Thick

Air:

Doesn’t change much with air

Water:

Sweetens palate

Overall comments:

Really interesting dram with a distinct wine influence. It somehow works for me though and if you want something a little different.

Caol ila 17 Bottled by Murray McDavid

Nose:

Balsamic vinegar, olives, walnuts, mint leaves, red cabbage

Palate:

Savoury and a little sweet, strawberry and honey notes, the peat is very much in the background

Finish:

Plateaus quickly, leaving lingering white wine notes, a little citrusy on the end

Colour:

Golden

Texture:

Silky and a little tanny

Air:

Takes away the balsamic vinegar notes

Water:

Water releases apple and citrus notes

Overall comments:

Inspired bit of whisky workmanship, the combination of peated spirit with Chenin Blanc is interesting indeed, though might not be to everyone’s taste.

Caol ila 17 Bottled by Murray McDavid

Nose:

Vinegar, a little smoke and a nice Caol ila signature

Palate:

Sweet, smoky, and hints of sharp cedar wood

Finish:

Dry and tanny. A bit like black  loose leaf smoky tea

Colour:

Rust water

Texture:

Medium

Air:

Not a lot

Water:

Brings out sweetness on the nose

Overall comments:

Very influenced by the cask – in a nice way. A very interesting dram.

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