Caol Ila 10 years old, The Single Malts of Scotland Reserve Cask Parcel No. 2 / 48%/ –
The Single Malts of Scotland, launched 2005, is the whisky range from Elixir Distillers portfolio. The company is a brainchild of Sukhinder and Raj Singh, two brothers with passion for fine spirits. They went online in 1999 with introduction of The Whisky Exchange, a site which has grown to become the web’s most famous retailer of whisky and fine spirits with a range of over 8000 products available online at any time. In the fall of 2019 Elixir Distillers introduced Reserve Cask, a sub-range to the Single Malts of Scotland series consisting of small batch releases, vattings of several casks selected by Oliver Chilton and bottled at 48% abv. Caol Ila 10 years old, distilled 2009, is a vatting of five ex-bourbon barrels and was released in 2020 as part of Parcel No. 2.
Nose: sweet and smoky, brown sugar, vanilla, salted butter, lemons, rhubarb pie, white pepper, hints of iodine and oak.
Palate: peat smoke and ash, honey, vanilla, buttered toast, lemon peel, strawberries, white pepper, lemon grass and delicate oaky bitterness.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of peat smoke, salted nuts, vanilla, pepper, oak and cigar ash.