The other (sherried) Caol Ila from the enormous November outturn.
Refill sherry butt, 572 bottles.
Body – Shockingly sweet but balanced by intense oil and granite. Seared cod wrapped in Parma ham (can’t deny it). Toast and salted crisps. With water, more integrated and a touch of wax comes through.
Finish – Refreshers. Very long, oily and cereal sherry. Toffee. Weetabix. Travel sweets and lavender with water.
What’s not good about it – Rather angular and lumpy in it’s delivery – there are gaps and the overall feel is intense and lacking a little integration.
What’s good about it – Intense, balanced and seriously delicious. Fascinating mineral balance on the nose and epic Caol Ila fun throughout. Despite being an “industrial” distillery aimed at producing Islay peat for blends, the single late teen, 20+ year old casks SMWS have been releasing are spectacular. You just can’t go wrong picking one of these up.
Thanks to Sarah at SMWS for the sample.