Single Note: Caol Ila 12 Year Old Whisky


Key Facts About This Single Malt Scotch

Bottler: Single Note

Founder: Rick Van Diepen

Distillery: Caol Ila

Age: 12 Years Old

Region: Islay, Scotland

Cask Type: A single ex-bourbon re-racked into first-fill ex-bourbon

Cask Ref: 303639

Alcohol by Volume: Cask strength at 53.3%

Distilled: 25/02/2008

Bottled: 15/04/2021

Limited Edition: 375 Bottles

Bottle Size: 500ml

Bottled: Natural colour and without chill filtration

Whisky Tasting Notes

Official tasting notes

Nose: Prosciutto and miso, a citrus note from line, followed by root beer.

Palate: The coastal brininess you may expect, combined with an interesting note of cardamom. An intriguing effervescence adds an unusual dimension to this Caol Ila.

Finish: A medium to long finish with lovely soft stone fruit notes.

Ed's tasting notes

Colour: Natural colour, very pale straw - like a chardonnay wine. Oily and viscous, with lots of legs running down the side of my glass.

Nose: Peat smoke, as soon as you open the bottle. But more than just smoke. Vanilla and oak from those two bourbon casks, with a good dose of wood sugars. A sweet note, honey drizzled pumpkin pie. Smoked ham, and Barratt's pink shrimp sweets.

Palate: Medium mouthfeel. There's a sweetness to this Caol Ila, again perhaps we're seeing the two bourbon casks play a role. A buttery, creamy note. Soft tropical fruit - papaya. A hint of the ocean off Islay's coast. The alcohol is well integrated at 53.3%, it's helping provide body and structure, without any burn.

Finish: Medium to long finish. Gentle peat smoke, honey, and tropical fruits. Just a touch of spice.

Read Ed's full review here.

About Single Note

Single malt scotch whisky and jazz music are Rick van Diepen's passions. Rick has been a whisky enthusiast since the 2005, when he did an exchange program in Edinburgh. He joined the University's whisky society and visited distilleries across Scotland. Caol Ila distillery was his favourite. So that's where he started with his first release, a 5 year old Caol Ila, and where he's gone back to for his second release.

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