Another one of the Feis Ile 2013 whiskies and a triple matured one at that. To me, triple matured doesn’t mean much but the guys at Master of Malt popped up at the top of my search query to explain. They simply used refill butts, hogsheads and barrels to mature this whisky in for twelve years, and then vatted it together for a marriage period of a couple months.
I guess that means that this is a 12 year old, and while they call this a ‘triple matured’ whisky, what it boils down to (‘IMHO’) is that this is just a cask strength Caol Ila. Most whiskies from most distilleries come from a variety of casks that they have handy, and this one is no different. Biggest change is that there were just three casks instead of thousands of three types.
Flowery honey at first with a lot of peat, with added sharpness of fresh straw. It does have some sweetness that might come from the sherry butts involved.
On the palate it’s more crisp, but still sweet. A tad salty with some heat from white pepper. Very sharp with grass and a slightly bitter edge.
The finish is full and a little bit richer than the palate was. It does last for quite a while.
While I’m not overly fond of the marketing jibberjabber about triple maturation and all that kind of nonsense. What I am fond of, however, is this whisky. It packs some punch but while doing that it’s utterly delicious. I guess it’s the sharpest of the evening (with three more to come that couldn’t top it) and a welcome change from the mild Bowmore and Kilchoman.
Caol Ila Feis Ile 2013, 56.5%, Triple Matured, available at The Green Welly Stop in Tyndrum at £ 150.