SMWS 53.247 True grit

Posted 05 January 2018 / In Caol Ila
The Dramble's tasting notes for SMWS 53.247 True grit
Bottle Name: 

53.247 True grit

ABV: 58.7%
Distillery: Caol Ila
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Region: Islay

Over to Islay for some young Caol Ila. Distilled in June of 2010, this whisky has matured for 7 years in a refill ex-bourbon hogshead. Peated profile.

Nose: Pungent and coastal. Dusty and slightly chalky peat smoke is immediate – smoked fish, coastal air, seaweed and a touch of iodine follow. These are all wrapped up nicely in freshly squeezed lemons and a touch of earthy musk. Dilution with water dulls the pungent smoking at touch and adds some light bakery notes – freshly cooked croissants.

Taste: Sweet fruity peat. Slightly less chalky than on the nose, but still quite fireplace – smouldering logs sitting on ashy cinders and coal dust. Lemons are in play still and are both sweet and juicy – they’re tempered by a real earthiness and a touch of barnyard in the background. Water really enhances the fruity elements of this whisky – adding apple and pear juices into the mix.

Finish: Medium to long and packed full of sharp lemon-tinged dusty smoke.

A powerful dusty and ashy Caol Ila lifted by some lovely citrus flavour. This takes water exceptionally well and only needs a few drops to open up right up. Youthful whisky done right.

Score: 87/100

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