In a nutshell:
A 13 Year Old 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.The lowdown:
This expression has been aged in ex-Bourbon casks and bottled by independent bottlers Gordon & Macphail.
This is their tasting note: The nose is sweet and savoury where dry-cured meats glazed with luscious apricot jam combines with rich vanilla notes. There are flashes of softly swirling peat smoke complementing the delicious sweetness. The flavours are bursting with juicy tropical fruit - pineapple, kiwi, and banana - brushed softly with icing sugar with light touches of malt and vibrant lemon peel balance the sweetness. The finish is long and luxurious with hints of sweet marshmallow toasting over gently smouldering bonfire embers.
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.