Caol Ila 2000 (Master of Malt)

No such thing as too much Caol Ila, even though it’s already the most reviewed distillery on this blog, just ahead of GlenDronach and Bunnahabhain. We’re now trying a Caol Ila 2000 that was part of the latest series of single cask bottlings by Master of Malt.



Caol Ila 17 Years - Master of MaltCaol Ila 17 yo 2000
(68,6%, Master of Malt 2018, bourbon cask)

Nose: very briney, with lots of salted almonds, seaweed and anchovies. Iodine. A light hint of apple vinegar. Grassy notes. Green olive tapenade. Oak char and coffee beans. After a while there’s more flax, leather and a sweet buttery note in the background. Sharp as a blade, proper Islay style.

Mouth: sharp again, very medicinal with big pepper, ashy smoke and herbal notes. Hints of resin. A little chinchona. With water: anise and liquorice, perhaps more citrus as well.

Finish: long, slightly bitter and herbal, with grassy smoke.

Wow, this is one of the most coastal, sharp and briney whiskies I’ve had in a long time. But it works. With this profile and alcohol level though, not for the faint-hearted. Available from Master of Malt.

Score: 85/100