SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY / 700ML / 43.0% ABV.
The first Caol Ila release that has been selected entirely on taste rather than age, strength, cask type. This new method of selection is reflected in its name which means "dawn" in Gaelic.
Nose: Unreduced, clean and fresh like wet, salty sand after the tide has receded. Some smoke behind, as from an old bonfire. Adding a little water brings up more freshness.
Palate: Unreduced, sweet and salty with a balancing acidity, and fresh as a sea breeze. The trademark clean and smoky character of Caol Ila is here. Appetising. Adding water gives a smoother, softer, sweeter feel, still very maritime, with a nice texture. Sweetly drying overall.
Finish: Quite short, drying and warming with a little bitterness. Lingering smoky aftertaste.