Single malt whisky - tasting notes

16 Dec 2013

Caol Ila Stitchell Reserve

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Caol Ila

Caol Ila Stitchell Reserve is named after Billy Stitchell, the distillery manager who is retiring this year after almost 40 years. It is the eight edition of unpeated Caol Ila in Diageo’s Special Releases and the most affordable offer in the whole series.

This NAS cask strength Caol Ila was matured in a combination of American oak, rejuvenated American oak and European ex-bodega casks.

 

Caol Ila Stitchell ReserveCaol Ila ‘Stitchell Reserve’
(59,6%, OB 2013)

Nose: sweet and fudgy, but with a surprisingly grassy, almost tannic profile. Corn flakes, some vanilla. Lots of lemons, both zesty and candied ones. Some resinous notes and varnish. Liquorice. Mouth: oily mouthfeel, very sweet again (icing sugar, toffee, fruit jelly candy), but very grassy / oaky as well. Liquorice and herbs. Lemons and yellow plums. Raisins, especially with a few drops of water. Freshly sawn oak, a bit too much if you ask me. Pine sap. Finish: long, grassy with plenty of wood spices alongside the sweet malt and lemon zest.

I’m not entirely sure about this one. It has an attractive sweet side, nice lemon and the firm Coal Ila character (even without peat), but the wood spices are firmly kicking around. There’s little development as well. Around € 75.

Score: 83/100

Caol Ila Stitchell Reserve 3 Ruben Luyten 2013-12-16
  • pb

    This had some very conflicting tastes. Without ice, I found it almost unbearable (maybe my palate isn’t ready for 60% ABV)…but, without ice, there was a strong burn. With ice, the profile changed—just not sure if it was for the better. There was definitely a strong citrusy taste, with grassy okay aftertaste. But, there was this lingering spicy taste, which is what was conflicting against the initial grassy citrusy. Would I buy again? NO.

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Why are you drinking this with ice? WTF!
    Guaranteed to kill most of the flavours.

Categories

Calendar

September 2014
M T W T F S S
« Aug    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930  

  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
  • george: i see you have tried st magdalene and say it is harder to find i am a collector of st magdalene and i have 40 bottles i am selling these date from 196
  • sjoerd972: I wish the guys at Bushmills would demand the labels to say "Northern Ireland" so we didn't have to speculate on the booze's origins.

Coming up

  • Bowmore Devil's Casks - Batch 2
  • Tomatin 1988 (Malts of Scotland)
  • Aberfeldy 12 Year Old
  • Blair Athol 2002 (Hepburn's Choice)
  • Fettercairn Fior
  • Bowmore Laimrig 15yo
  • Ben Nevis 2002 (Port cask #334)

1600 notes by Ruben

WhiskyNotes - Ruben LuytenThis blog is my personal collection of impressions, written while searching for the ultimate single malt whisky.