Caol Ila 2018
Caol Ila have long been quite experimental in the types of casks they fill their spirit into. Alongside the classic bourbon casks, you’ll find sherry casks, wine, dessert wine… Caol Ila is fragrant and flexible enough to partner up with almost any type of wood. The smokiness always adds an extra dimension.
An unusual cask indeed. Rye whiskey is powerful, spicy stuff – an acquired, but incredibly exciting, taste. A half size cask introduces those rye flavours fast; even though this spirit is too young to be called whisky, it will be rapidly adopting the flavour of the wood around it, to become mature before its time. This extra spiciness isn’t typical for Caol Ila – and it’s invigorating!
Note that this cask is still not old enough to be called whisky. Caol Ila is great as a youthful whisky, but we recommend this to be a good long-term cask.
Auction estimate: £4,000 – £5,000
For the person who likes: Sherbet sharks or cinnamon red-hots