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Each of the Four Corners of Scotland collection beautifully shows the classic aromas and tastes of one special region. A limited distillery exclusive, this 14-year-old cask strength release is made to commemorate the transformation of the home of Caol Ila malt whisky in 2022. The Islay region of the four corners of Scotland.
Charles MacLean… “An interesting Caol Ila, starting gently then quickly blossoming into full distillery character.”
in a sentence… This delicious Caol Ila expands on all the expected characters; coal-tar and bonfire aromas, a firm, clean taste, sweetness turning to salt, and a pleasing finish with charred smoke.
Appearance: Bright 18 carat gold. Exceptional beading.
Nose: Mellow in feel, with light prickle. Clean and fresh throughout, with vaguely medicinal notes and the faint smokiness of an extinguished beach-bonfire always there behind them. The first impression is mildly medicinal, as with the aroma of an antiseptic cream. An elusive pastry note lies beneath on a base of freshly laundered linen. The medicinal notes increase in the development, then subside with water, which brings out a note of damp wool, like a freshly washed jumper.
Palate: A smooth texture and a sweet start; clean, noticeably smoky and leaving a trail as clear as a lit gunpowder fuse. A shake of salt adds balance. The taste becomes sweeter with a splash of water, no more, when there is also light acidity and more salt. Surprisingly mild, compared to the taste at natural strength. And delicious.
Finish: Long and pleasantly hot, while a last lightly charred, spicy note lingers in the aftertaste. With water, the heat subsides, and the spiciness lingers.