2010 Caol Ila 8 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml) SKU #1387617

Price: $69.99

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Tasting Notes

We didn't say no to a single Caol Ila cask this year. They're too good and too reasonably priced. With the demand for Islay peat as high as it has ever been, the quality of these casks combined with sharp pricing was an absolute no brainer. This Old Particular bottling is charged from a refill hogshead and, as always, bottled with no coloring or chill filtration. The meaty quality that we see in this year's Sovereign cask of Caol Ila is tamed here and while there is decidedly some richness of peat and decadent phenol components, this is really on the gentler side of Caol Ila. The fruit is more prominent than most of our other casks currently available. Tart cherries and blackberries mesh with salt and pepper and a bit of herbal spice. It's wonderful at proof, but with a little water it just sings and sings. This is precisely the kind of bottle you don't put down until it's empty.

Staff Reviews

  • Jackson Lee
    By: Jackson Lee
    3/10/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    What a crazy offering from Caol Ila! First off, the color is an off-clear; I guess some would describe it as “champagne,” and it looks very pretty in the glass. The nose immediately emanated smoke, but had a sweet, summer melon tone underneath and a caramel note right as you tilt the glass to your lips. Tasting it made me feel like there was a cartoon scuffle going on in my mouth, with limbs briefly appearing out of a cloud of dust and the competitors vying for the win. Sweet oaky notes and Fuji apple seemed to appear and recede just as quickly under the guise of smoke and what I can only imagine is a cask strength abv. The finish is looooooong, and encapsulating, starting with a silkiness that quickly fades into a dry, grippy texture with a flourish of smoke that sticks to your tongue like campfire smoke to your clothes. A very fun and exciting dram that would probably play well with a few drops of water or a nice, clean cube.
  • Will Blakely
    By: Will Blakely
    2/21/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    One of my favorite aspects of Caol Ila is how the smell evokes a sea breeze on a cloudy but eerily beautiful coastline. Moss, salty air and fragrant barley make for a friendly introduction to the dram. What follows is perfectly integrated smoke and raging spice. There's a hint of bell pepper there, accompanied by smoked meat and sweet orchard fruit. With water, the softness of the grain really shines through, bringing ripe pear and golden apple. The finish is long and savory compounded by subtle cocoa and a tinge of pine. This barrel really shows what Caol Ila is all about.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    2/7/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    When I think of Caol Ila distillery it is as a single malt that is a little more subtle and delicate than some of its neighbors on Islay. This Old Particular that was distilled in 2010 is a good example. With out water, the nose is a mixture of fruity malt aromas with a hint of smoke and the mouth is in the same direction.With a touch of water, this single malt it becomes better with the flavors and aromas opening up, becoming more complex and enjoyable. Although there are smoky influences they do not dominate this whiskey but play a secondary role.
  • William Beare
    By: William Beare
    1/29/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    This Caol Ila bottling from Douglas Laing is a fun and refreshing change of pace from what I've come to expect from Caol Ila-- namely, the monstrously peaty reputation that precedes it. The nose is full of savory vegetal characteristics that follow on to the palate-- bell pepper both green and yellow spring to mind, along with some spicy sweet notes that remind me of a pepper-jelly. Very light traces of pear and smoke mingle on the finish.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    1/29/2019
    K&L Staff Member
    There is not much peat or smoke on this bottling of Caol Ila - which is surprising, but it's not a problem for me because it's still a tasty dram. I'm getting a wisp of smoke, a little meat with candied jalapeno, berries, and a rich buttery character. The palate offers leather, iodine medicinality, and earth. These flavors transition into herbal tea with accents of rock candy, black licorice, and after-dinner mints. This is Caol Ila's lighter side and it's rather delightful.

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