After a rye, bourbon and highland, it was time to turn to something peaty – and what is a more classic expression than Caol Ila?
Caol Ila 8 Year Old – Provenance (Douglas Laing)
- Nose – Pure peat, wood smoke, cured meats, bacon, maple
- Palate – Full peat, cinnamon, a clear classic Caol Ila, nicely rolled around on the palate with a lovely peat
- Finish – Nice finish, cinnamon spice
While I can’t guarantee it, I think this is cask #13077, which was aged in a refill hogshead from February 2011 to February 2019. After its maturation, it was bottled at 46% ABV with an outturn of 392 bottles.
Here is what the chaps over at Master of Malt have to say:
- Nose: Toasty at first, becomes increasingly coastal. Sweetness of honeycomb in the background.
- Palate: Flapjacks, oatcakes and plenty of smoky barley.
- Finish: Meaty malt and black pepper spiciness.
Here are a few others we tried from my advent calendar minis:
- Whistle Pig Rye 10 year 54.3%
- Dalmore 14 Year Old 2003 57.8%
- Heaven Hill 8 Year Old 2009 (cask 152736) – Revival (The Higginbottom)
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