Posts Tagged “Caol Ila”

Fèis Ìle Caol Ila Open day – Tasting the 2014 Fèis Ìle Bottling

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Fèis Ìle Caol Ila Open day – Tasting the 2014 Fèis Ìle Bottling

It seems that for 2015 Diageo decided to make another use of their Distiller’s Reserve casks and do a triple maturation: First standard casks,  then using the DE casks (PX for Lagavulin and Moscatel for Caol Ila) for a second  maturation and “old oak puncheons”  for a third gentle maturation. I’m not really sure what…

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Caol Ila 25 – Maturity Suits this Dram Well!

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Caol Ila 25 – Maturity Suits this Dram Well!

Caol Ila (which means “The sound of Islay” in Gaelic) is one of the main signature malts in the Diageo blends, but not only as a peated whisky. We all know that Caol Ila produces unpeated whisky, as there’s a (now) annual release of this unpeated whisky as part of the annual Special Releases by…

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Big Peat: Tasting Notes for a Blended Malt that is a Brand

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Big Peat: Tasting Notes for a Blended Malt that is a Brand

Despite it being 24°C in Tel Aviv, and winter seeming to be worlds away, it’s deep winter in most of the Northern hemisphere and everybody is gearing up for Christmas (or Hanukkah). Nothing spells winter more than a nice peated whisky, and so we check out the most recent addition to Israel’s whisky scene, Big Peat…

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The Lost Blend Whisky Tasting Notes – Clynelish, Allt-a-Bhainne and Caol Ila Vatted Malt

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The Lost Blend Whisky Tasting Notes – Clynelish, Allt-a-Bhainne and Caol Ila Vatted Malt

My fascination with vatted malts is something I have written about before, and John Glaser at Compass Box has really taken malt vatting (or malt blending, as it should be officially called) to an art form, combining breakthrough production methods with tenacious talent (which in blending is probably 95% methodical experimentation an patience) and great whisky sourcing…

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One Quick Dram: Double Barrel Caol Ila & Tamdhu Whisky Tasting Notes

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One Quick Dram: Double Barrel Caol Ila & Tamdhu Whisky Tasting Notes

Continuing my quest for an in depth study on vatted malts (officially dubbed “malt blends”), I had the Douglas Laing Double Barrel Caol Ila and Tamdhu vatting. As noted previously in my review of the Ardbeg & Altmore vatting, these are two single barrels of very different whiskys, vatted together to highlight the unique attributes of…

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