Gordon & MacPhail – Cask Strength – Caol Ila 2005/2016

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In the recent samples that Gordon & MacPhail send over for the #WoodMTW campaign was a whisky out of their Cask Strength range from the Caol Ila distillery. Bottled at 57,3% after being matured in first fill Sherry butts between 2005 and 2016.

There is something that makes me smile when sniffing that familiar smell I often get with this distillery reminding me of a bowl of warm Brinta, a good wood fire and crunchy baked strips of bacon with maple syrup poured all over it. It has something meaty, earthy, warming and comforting to it. Getting the feeling I am going to like this dram…

Getting also some notes of vanilla, raisins, red summer fruit, saffron jelly, warm chocolate chip cookies, ginger, dirty leather, fresh grapefruit, green apples, oranges and a wax coat (yeah, you guys must think I am crazy, but there is a certain smell to that long wax coat when you are out in harsh weather walking across the open country side).

Lovely spices and meaty notes on the palate with roasted fruits and vegetables along side it all. Creamy vanilla, hint of mint and toffee mixing in this all with notes such as red apples, banana, galia melon, warm pineapple, peaches, mango and chocolate. The smoke is very good through this all, not like an ashy or dry heather type of smoke, but soft and smooth, complementing the other flavours in here. Great mix of flavours on the nose, palate and a good length finish. Lovely dram that makes me smile. Thanks Gordon & MacPhail for sharing a sample of this beauty!

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