A wonderful bottling from Connoisseurs Choice series by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. After 3 years in selected Hermitage red wine barrels, the Caol Ila develops sweet and intense aromas of red cherries, raspberries and black currant, which are wonderfully integrated into the smoke. The Vintage 2004 matured for a total of 13 years, giving it the necessary complexity from the barrel maturity without losing its smoky Islay character from the peated barley malt. A successful balancing act.
In contrast to other independent bottlers, G & M already buys the distillate, the so-called “new make” of the distillery, and then decides in which barrels the distillate matures into whiskey. In this case, the taste is right for G & M’s barrel selection. The very long maturation in Hermitage wine barrels has Caol Ila delivered a particularly fruity facet.