Firkin Islay: Caol Ila 2010 Whisky in Custom Marsala Cask
Key Facts About This Single Malt Scotch
Bottler: The Firkin Whisky Company
Whisky Maker: Mike Collings
Distillery: Caol Ila
Age: 2010 Vintage
Region: Islay, Scotland
Spirit: Single cask, single malt scotch
Cask Type: Double wood, ex-marsala
Alcohol by Volume: 48.9%
Bottled: Natural colour and without chill filtration
Outturn: 325 Bottles
Bottle Size: 700ml
Awards: Gold medal, Whiskies Of The World Awards; Gold Medal, USA Spirits Ratings.
Firkin Islay Tasting Notes
Official tasting notes
Kapow! Smoke! Call the Fire Brigade! A waft of peat and smoke.
You only need to dig a bit for the malt and creamy oak which holds it together. This whisky has everything: big burning embers, smoky bonfire and a tad of mellowed sweetish oak. It's a peppery and lively spirit.
So chewy, so smoky, so Firkin Islay.
Colour: Natural, amber. Oily, coats my glass.
Nose: Paprika rubbed pork ribs on the bbq, with the rendered fat hitting the coals and turning into smoke. Malt loaf with homemade butter. A sweetness in the form of forest berry compote over natural Greek yoghurt.
Palate: Medium mouthfeel. Smokiness like burnt brisket ends - bold but not brash. Another touch of sweetness, this time like wild honey. That coastal minerality I often find in Coal Ila, briny pebbles on the beach. A visit to the spice cupboard - dried lemon, ginger, paprika, black pepper. Well-integrated alcohol (48.9%) adds body without any burn.
Finish: Medium to long. Honey, smoke and spice. Warm, and ready for another sip.
About Firkin Islay Caol Ila 2010 Whisky
This is the story of two islands, Islay and Sicily, and how they produced an award-winning whisky.
Firkin Islay combines the peaty smokiness of Caol Ila 2010 with the Muscat grape sweetness of Marsala. The flavours fuse together in Firkin Whisky Co's custom double wood cask. Their unique process mellows and softens the peat. Firkin Islay is a new take on a classic Islay whisky.
Salty peat and smoke with a touch of sweetness. Firkin Islay Coal Ila won a gold medal in the Whiskies of the World awards in the peated whiskies category. But that doesn’t come as a massive surprise to us, as this is a superb single cask release from Firkin Whisky Company.
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