In the Diageo Special Releases 2016 line up an 15 year old Caol Ila is released. Made from a batch made once a year, from unpeated malt, distilled in 2000. Matured in refill American Oak hogsheads and refill European Oak butts before being bottled at 61.5%
On the nose I can find soft notes of green apple, mocha, malt, gooseberry, cranberry, vanilla, black pepper, raisins, toffee and some soft briny coastal notes. The palate seems to be a whole different world of chewy sweet fruit flavours mixed with light salty notes and fresh citrus.
Creamy mango, pineapple, vanilla, raisins, red apple, toffee, green apple, coffee, cranberry, soft spice and earthy notes are mixed through this all. Something different for sure this one! Thanks Diageo Netherlands for providing this sample!
Looking for more information on the Special Releases 2016? Have a look at this WhiskySpeller article then where Thomas and I have a closer look at this lovely box received from Diageo. It consists of an exclusively selected Auchroisk 25, Brora 38, Cambus 40, Caol Ila 15, Cragganmore, Glenkinchie 24, Lagavulin 12, Linkwood 37, Mannochmore 25 and Port Ellen 37.