1996 Caol Ila 13 Year Old, Murray McDavid, Chateau d' Yquem Cask Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

SKU #1060640

Just when you thought the cask enhancement revolution was over, Bruichladdich's Jim McEwan is still ready to say otherwise. While the combination of peat and sweet is nothing new to the single malt world, the latter has almost always come from sherry wood influence, adding a toffee and caramel balance to the smoky and spicy flavors. This very limited Caol Ila bottling uses the same formula, but in a whole new way. This is bourbon cask-aged Islay, further enhanced by the lush dessert wine of the world's most famous Sauternes: Yquem. The result is a flavor profile that currently has no comparison - rather than simply balancing the peaty campfire smoke, the wine cask seems to restrain it, transforming power into elegance. Stonefruits swim through the palate, bringing Highland flavors to an Islay malt, but the salty edge of the island style is never dilluted. This is beautiful peated whisky in the vain of Port Ellen rather than Ardbeg. -David Driscoll, K&L Spirits Buyer

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