4 June 2020

Caol Ila 9yo Palo Cortado Finish by James Eadie

Well what do we have here? It’s the James Eadie 9 yo Caol Ila. Finished first fill, refill Palo Cortado sherry hogsheads oak European finished for 6 months. Quite a mouthful.

Yet again, a relatively young Caol Ila, what’s new? (Indie) young Caol Ila is highly available in The Netherlands. But not something like this.

Let me say this one time, Caol Ila is my (Dion) favourite Islay distillery, there, I said it. However, I’m trying to be as objective as I can be. I just love the salty fresh peat smoke combination. Maybe I’m a fanboy after all.

Back to this James Eadie expression, bottled at a wonderful 56.7% ABV cask strength. Well, this is something else.

Tasting notes


Rusk, Lighter fluid, Seaweed, Acrylic and White Chocolate.


Watercolour, Raisin, Moisty, Spiced Wood, Apple Cake, Orange Peel, Scallion, Sawmill and Salmon.


Petrol Vapour, Licorice, Barley, Soy Sauce, Shrimps, Dough, Rubber, Driftwood and Fireworks.

If you love sushi, this is a must-have. If you don’t, It’s still a must-have. The basic Caol Ila character works closely together with the Palo Cortado influence, which brings you a sensational dram. What can I say more? It screams for another dram, Who am I not to obey?