After cask strength versions in 2004 and 2005, Caol Ila 25 Year Old became a permanent addition to the core range in 2010, the oldest to date except for a couple of special releases of course.
Caol Ila 25 yo (43%, OB +/- 2015)
Nose: it may start on minerals and salty kippers, but it quickly becomes sweeter, more dignified and smoother with the arrival of fruity notes. Apricot, hints of vanilla and pear, with a light minty touch, which grow towards soft medicinal notes. Very nice ashy and oily notes in the background. Delicate, complex nose.
Mouth: elegant, oily and slightly buttery. The peat and medicinal touches are still there but they arrive late. Also apples and oranges, hints of pink grapefruit. Dried sea weed. Soft smoke and leathery touches. This one unfolds nicely and gains power along the way.
Finish: long, with apple peel, smoke and a hint of roasted coffee in the very end.
A very good whisky. Sure, the low alcohol level results in a big softness, but it’s still relatively accessible (compared to an undisclosed Port Askaig 25yo which costs more nowadays). Prices vary a lot, from around € 150 to € 250.