This is the 2013 Feis Ile release from Caol Ila. This was a triple matured expression which according to Billy Stitchel means: “Spirit distilled in 1998 has been triple-cask matured. For 12 years it rested in a combination of Refill Butts, Hogsheads and Barrels. The vatted whisky was then allowed to mature for several months in active hogshead casks to impart a spicy/oaky note to the existing delicate Caol Ila smoke. Finally it was treated to a final gentle maturation in European oak.” It’s bottled at 56 .5% ABV.
Nose: Banana and mango with fruit punch, butyric acid, cloves, and sherry seasoned oak. Interesting nose that’s a bit all over the place, but definitely the fruitiest Caol Ila I’ve encountered.
Palate: Fruit is a tad more muted here but still guava and banana are evident with peppery oak, chocolatey malt, subtle peat and mint.
Finish: Sweet sherry as some of the peat fades leaving only mild smoke.
Rating: 89/100 – A very good Caol Ila with a unique nose.
Value for the money: These are going for about €160 or so at auction which isn’t too bad, but I’d probably only pay up to $120 or so for a bottle if it were available at retail.