Caol Ila 10yo 2009 (58%, SMWS, Refill Hogshead, 53.157, +/-2012) – Scotch Whisky Tasting Note

Caol Ila 10yo 2009 (58%, SMWS, Refill Hogshead, 53.157, +/-2012)

Peat smoke rockets out of the glass. Actually the tasting note could end right here. Need one say more? However discipline must be maintained, also on the nose is nice cocoa, more of the peat smoke and some subtle hints of the cask. It’s very good, not massively complex but very good. With water the chocolate malt which has suddenly appeared changes to coal smoke and us deep and foreboding which of course for a peat lover is great news. The taste is big, citrusy, aggressive, slightly violent and well continues in the theme of being very good and very much in the classic style of the distillery needs some water added. Water allows he whisky to become significantly approachable and the coal smoke is very much in evidence. The finish is big and filled with cocoa, chocolate, malt and peat smoke although the peat smoke and chocolate are pretty well intertwined. The finish is very large and very long with mouth smacking malt; don’t over do the water!

Well balanced (even if the notes don’t reflect this) with lashings of coal smoke and good malt. Great vibrancy and enjoyable

$95 and 120 bottles for the US branch of the Society

Score 90

Part 4 of 4 featuring the excellent single cask single malts of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society of America. Samples kindly provided by the SMWS of A.

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