Caol Ila 3, 2018-2021, First Fill Quarter Cask, 52.1% – The Whisky Jury ‘1 Day Old’

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Of course this isn’t really one day old. It’s whisky after all, and the vintage and bottling year are given. It’s more like they wanted to provoke us drinkers to indicate this is a very young whisky and challenge you to try/buy/drink it anyway.

But, it is a Caol Ila that received some good reviews in the past. And I like Caol Ila, generally, so I’m game. Especially if I can buy it by the sample, instead of a full bottle.

Somehow, it reminds me of the ‘Three Year Old Deluxe’ from Compass Box, some years ago.

It’s an all-out assault on my nostrils, and the aromas are far more sharp than I would expect of a 52.1% whisky. Heaps of peat, vanilla and alcohol heat. Pastry cream and a whiff of diesel and old engine grease. A minor note of brine later one.

The palate is very similar to the nose, but mellows a bit. A bit hot at first, of course. Diesel, pastry cream, vanilla and a whiff of baking spices. Slightly briny.

The finish brings more coastal salinity than before, with more engine smoke and smoke in general. Not overly long.

Well, what this does is be a very typical and solid Caol Ila. The combination of the pastry cream and diesel smoke is rather typical and something I quite like. I’ve read some other reviews which mentioned more citrus notes and hints of mezcal, but I didn’t find much of that.

So, good, especially since it was very cheap at not even € 50! Of course, it’s long gone, since it was released more than a few weeks ago and was positively received.



About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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