The Caol Ila 14yo Unpeated from 2012 is a part of the collection for quite some time. To me, this has always been a good competitor for the discontinued Glenlivet Nadurra 16yo.
The bottle was getting dusty, because it’s easy to overlook when picking a dram in the evening. It’s a rather unusual whisky, but I’ve always loved this Highland-style dram. Our tasting of the latest unpeated bottlings at the distillery reignited the spark. There are many differences between bottlings, that makes it interesting. Let dive into the tasting notes for this 14yo:
Loads of fruits, saltiness, sweet toffee, cherries, green apple and a malty warmth
Thick and tingling, red fruits, a leather suitcase, dry and oaky, a bit grassy even, with a layer of sweet Maltesers
Dry and sweet, with dark stewed fruits, sherry infused oak, salty fudge, baking spices, Christmas cake, sultanas and lemon
This whisky is very multilayered, it has many faces which change depending on the other whiskies you might pair it with. We think it’s awesome, despite people saying that this isn’t a ‘real’ Caol Ila. Let’s look at it this way; this is Caol Ila stripped down to the essence: making fruity whiskies. Sometimes it’s just great to have all the layers behind the peat to have revealed. What do you think?