Caol Ila 1995/2010 James MacArthur was bottled in 2010 and selected by the organizers of the Milan Whiskey Festival. It is a Single Barrel, No. Reduced to 45 degrees, it is a very limited product and, today, almost impossible to find.
TASTING NOTES Caol Ila 1995/2010 James MacArthur
Nose: you can smell the youth: the peat is indeed quite lively. The Ex-Sherry Cask has given the spirit different nuances: bacon, unripe red fruits and cotton candy. However, it remains definitely a peated whisky from Islay. Lastly, notes of smoke, wood and ash are outlined.
Palate: peat and spices mix with the sugary hints of red fruity and burnt caramel. Notes of smoke and bacon are reproposed, with a shade of chili that is followed by cocoa. Briny sensations of iodine, along with diesel, ink and licorice, complete the aromatic palette.
Finale: Caol Ila aged in Ex-Sherry Casks are not very frequent. Intensity is close to perfect.