A big attraction of the Whisky Exchange Show is the Whisky Exchange’s show bottlings. Last year there were some crackers, as well as cool holographic labels.
Of course, this year they had to go one better and do UV labels!
The theme was the magic of the cask and this Caol Ila was the only one I had the time to try. All are sold out anyway I think. Anyway, this Caol Ila was reportedly from a very old refill Sherry cask, having a name on the end that hadn’t been used for over 100 years. Yeah, very old Sherry cask then.
Caol Ila 9 Magic of the Cask 58.7%
Colour: Dark Gold
Nose: Lightly meaty, gristy malt, soft smoke and citrus, menthol, almost Ledaig or Ardbeggian character to it, quite light nose though.
Taste: Great arrival, zingy citrus, lime and lemon, great balance of smoke, malt, sweet honey, golden syrup, maple syrup, golden raisin, very oily.
Finish: Medium/Long length. Drying but sweet still, honey, butter, oils.
Released for the Whisky Exchange Show 2019. Really great, lovely balance of the oils and smoke with the citrus and sweet elements but too expensive for what it is IMO at £85. UV labels are expensive though!
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