Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottled by: Berry Brothers & Rudd 70cl / 56.5%
A single cask 12-year-old Caol Ila 2010 bottled at its full strength of 56.5% without colouring or chill filtration for the autumn 2022 outturn of everyone's favourite pheasant-eating, jodphur-wearing indie bottlers, Berry Brothers & Rudd.
This cask strength 12-year-old Caol Ila 2010 started life in a hogshead before being transferred for a brief finishing period in a cask that was previously home to the Italian dessert wine Vin Santo which should have added some cooked fruit and toasted almond notes to Caol Ila's traditional blast of salt, citrus and smoke.
Berry Bros & Rudd
|Series||Autumn Releases 2022
|Cask Type||Hogshead and Vin Santo Finish
Official Tasting Notes
Scotland meets Italy.
Nose: The nose is initially quite tight; a drop of water helps to tease out the aromas, giving peat smoke paired with a backbone of citrussy fruit loaf.
Palate: The palate is pleasingly thick, showing coastal peat, dried fruit, mango, figs and spiced melon. After a slow start, this dram doesn’t hesitate.
Finish: The lingering finish - marrying Islay’s peat and Italy’s sweet, spicy fruit notes - ensures you’ll be back for another dram.
Ronnie Cox Says
“Caol Ila is a ‘must-visit’ distillery if you go to Islay not only, of course, for the legendary dram but, almost as importantly, it has the best still-house view of any distillery in Scotland. In this case it looks out over the Sound of Jura and the tidal rush. I promise you won’t regret it even if it’s raining... which is not unusual...”