Caol Ila 2009

Posted 16 October 2020 by Matt / In Caol Ila
The Dramble reviews Watt Whisky Caol Ila 2009 11 year old

Bottle Name: Caol Ila 2009

ABV: 57.4%
Distillery: Caol Ila
Bottler: Watt Whisky
Region: Islay Age: 11

Over to Caol Ila for an 11 year old that has been matured in a single ex-bourbon hogshead and bottled at 57.4% ABV. Yours for £64.95 from The Whisky Exchange.

Nose: Smoked lemons, brine and coal dust together with shale and beach shingle. Medicinal wipes and floor cleaners are joined by lemon gel, chip pan far whilst in the background a selection of alluvial clays persists alongside groundnut oil. Water reveals putty and tile grout together with moist soils, sack cloth and roasted lemons.

Taste: Fulsome and fatty. Salinity, white pepper and stem ginger run parallel to expressive lemon oils. Smoke billows out of the centre – antiseptic, tinctures, brine and sea breeze set against wood smoke and lamp oil. Dilution amps up the minerality with cliffs and sandy beaches together with pangs of grapefruit sharpness and tartness.

Finish: Long - lemon-tinged hospital cleaning smoke. All that good stuff.

Precise and chiselled where it needs to be - wild and untamed where you’d hope it was. And with all the lemons you’d likely ever require. Unmistakably Caol Ila. Perfectly so – an archetypal bottling.

Score: 86/100


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