Caol Ila 2010 / 2021 Signatory Vintage, 11 Year Old, 58.2%, refill sherry butt, #316662, 558 bottles
58.2% | 70cl | Islay
Bottle no. 17 / 558
Natural Colour. Un-chillfiltered
Nose: a rather earthy profile. Plenty of tobacco notes and dark caramelized nuts, as well as some oak char. Hardwood polish. Deep sooty notes and exhaust fumes. After a while it gets rounder, showing leather, hints of wet wool, redcurrants and a little cough medicine. Some black cherries and chocolate too. Powerful stuff.
Mouth: really dark and intensely flavoured. Thick sooty notes, hints of burnt chocolate cake and plenty of barbecue ash. Black peppercorns and roasted chestnuts. Smoke meats and tobacco again. Sweet liqourice and treacle underneath, with just flashes of the classic Caol Ila lemons and some medicinal notes. It’s not overdone in terms of wood spice, in fact it’s surprisingly easy to drink, just really dark, earthy and rich.
Finish: long, with more ashes, black tea and chocolate, as well as a sweet peppery warmth. This is a serious sherry bomb, with a heavyweight earthy, leafy and wintery character. A bit of a macho dram. Slightly mad even, but on the other hand it manages to keep some roundness.