11 years old, distilled 1st September 2008, 58.8% abv, Refill Ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 293 bottles, dram price C
Water brings thin, short-lived whorling that doesn’t mottle. The nose gains a herbal note - thyme? - and some light notes of pear. The smoke is quite diminished. The body gains thyme and toffee, and loses the chorizo. The finish gains thyme.
A decent Caol Ila that does what you’d expect, and does it well.
One for autumn evenings.
Technical score: 4/5
Personal preference: I’d have another dram.
This whisky was provided by the SMWS in a preview session - thanks to them for that. Full editorial control has been retained in the tasting process.