This 2005 Caol Ila single malt was matured in a single refill sherry hogshead for 15 years, before being bottled in January 2021 by Gordon & MacPhail as part of their Connoisseurs Choice range – exclusively for The Whisky Exchange.
Here are the details:-
Caol Ila 2005 15 Years Old
Matured in a refill sherry hogshead #301507
266 bottles available
Gordon & MacPhail was established in Elgin, Scotland in 1895 and has always been a family owned and family run business.
They carefully select casks of whiskies from more than a hundred Scottish distilleries, many of which have since stopped production or simply vanished entirely.
Their ranges include Discovery – aimed at categorising Scotch whisky’s many facets and introducing new drinkers to new tastes in a manageable way – to the exclusive Private Collection and the iconic Connoisseurs Choice allowing them to cater for drinkers at every point on the Scotch whisky spectrum, from beginners to true connoisseurs.
The Whisky Exchange has kindly sent me a sample to try (Thanks @WhiskyExchange!)
So, what did I think? Here are my tasting notes …
Tasting Notes – Caol Ila 2005 15 Years Old – Whisky Exchange Exclusive (57.5%)
Nose: Fruit and smoke battle it out in a friendly fashion! There’s wisps of woodsmoke and peat mixed with fresh orchard fruits, mainly apple, with some additional sweet, sherry notes – glorious!
Palate: Wonderful mix of orchard fruits and peaty smoke! Sweet sherry with shades of toffee and some zingy mint.
Finish: Fiesty spice with some serious punch to it! It’s tempered though with fading smoke and vanilla sweetness.
Overall: A great selection of flavours wrapped up in a very enjoyable dram. I love the combination of fruit and smoke – making for a fantastic taste bud treat!