A 2002 vintage Islay Single Malt from the Caol Ila Distillery on the island of Islay. This expression has been aged in ex-Bourbon casks and bottled by independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail.
This is their tasting note: On the nose there are vanilla and ripe banana aromas which add a touch of sweetness to peat-smoked bacon notes. Flashes of zesty lemon peel adds freshness; a subtle herbal edge remains. The taste is creamy and sweet; a chilli flake heat joins hints of pineapple. Flavours of honey-cured meat develop and unfold into nuances of candied tropical fruit. The finish is of smouldering bonfire ember notes fading into charred oak with ashy undertones.
Gordon & Macphail
are among the best known independent bottlers of Scotch Whisky and certainly very well regarded for the quality of their products. Independent bottlers are companies who purchase casks of whisky directly from distilleries and further age and bottle them under their own label for re-sale. Now quite a long standing practice in the Scotch Whisky industry it provides an interesting niche market and often brings to the market single malts from distilleries whose Scotches mainly go towards blends and are seldom otherwise seen.