Situated just North of Port Askaig on the isle of Islay, the Caol Ila distillery is hardly a thing of beauty, but what it produces certainly is. An important constituent of the Johnnie Walker whiskies, it is a peatheadís dream, with typically tarry, smoky bacon notes plus the citric notes often found in some Islay malts. This cask strength version is as God intended it, at a whopping 61.6%. Tempting though it is to follow the bottle instructions as drink it one part Caol Ila to two parts water, Dom tells us it is better to drink it three parts Caol Ila to one part water. We go with Domís advice.
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Without water, quite closed. Candied lemon. Coal tar soap. With water, massive peat, creosote.
Palate: Without water, mental. More immense peat, lemon but with a light sweetness. With water, a little softer but with the citrus and peat more defined. A coconut and vanilla finish.
Retails for around £85-95