Caol Ila’s limited edition Fèis Ìle festival bottling is a triple matured release of 3,000 bottles. But pray tell, what does ‘Triple Matured’ mean in this case? Well children, huddle around and allow Billy Stitchell to explain all:
“Spirit distilled in 1998 has been triple-cask matured. For 12 years it rested in a combination of Refill Butts, Hogsheads and Barrels. The vatted whisky was then allowed to mature for several months in active hogshead casks to impart a spicy/oaky note to the existing delicate Caol Ila smoke. Finally it was treated to a final gentle maturation in European oak.”
Nose: Sweet, shredded seaweed, honey, orange peel and glacé cherries.
Palate: Orange bread and Madeira.
Finish: Hazelnuts and dried orange.
Overall: A rich, unusual and tasty Coal Ila.