Caol Ila Unpeated Stichell Reserve Special Release 2013 59.6% 70cl
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A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt from the Caol Ila Distillery in Islay. This is the eigth limited release of Un- Peated whisky. Matured in a mix of refill American oak and rejuvenated American oak and ex-european oak. Named after distillery manager Billy Stichell.
Appearance: Clear, olive gold. Light beading.
Nose: At full strength, immediately clean, aromatic and fresh: like inhaling Friars Balsam. After this first blast, more reticent; softly sweet, then a vivid freshness like that of crisp green fruit or lemon zest. Water raises a fruity, nutty honeyed sweetness and a faint note of treacle, with perhaps just a hazy hint of smoke.
Body: Light to medium. Oily, yet firm.
Palate: Drinks well straight; has an intense and in your face style, with a most appealing smooth, lightly oily texture. Firm, clean and fresh throughout. Intense and mouth-filling, with a great initial surge of sweet spiciness unaccompanied by the usual signature phenols of peated Caol Ila or indeed, much fruit. Becoming honey-nutty (nut brittle, with a dark edge of treacle bitterness) then finally, warming and drying. A good splash of water develops these flavours; its tongue-coating and appetisingly bitter-sweet now, leaving a spicy dryness as the tide of flavour ebbs.
Finish: Aromatic, spicy and drying; a balancing bitter edge embraces more of the soft nutty, biscuity notes, always maintaining that essential freshness overall
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