2009 Caol Ila 6 Year Old "Hepburn's Choice" Single Sherry Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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On the strength of the previously popular young, peated whiskies we've been importing, we went back to the well again this year. This time, however, we asked the folks from Hepburn if they had any of that same fiery Caol Ila aged in sherry cask. Luckily they did and it's that little highlight of sweetness that makes all the difference between this year's selection and older editions. The classic elements of Islay are at play, of course: smoke, peat, earth and sea salt, but they're accented by a richness from the sherry. There's a nice little coating of cakebread and cocoa around that core of Caol Ila, rounding the edges and tempering the bold 58.9% cask strength character just the slightest bit. The best part, however, is the price. We managed to keep the cost right at $49.99, despite the extra year in barrel and the added bonus of the sherry. For the money, you'd be hard pressed to find a more potent Islay value anywhere.

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Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
My favorite thing about Mezcal is its smoky earthiness. It’s also my favorite thing about this Caol Ila bottling from Hepburn. My second favorite thing about this bottle…It’s Grade-A Single Malt and not Mezcal! Smoke, iodine, and earth abound and are perfectly balanced by the tempering sherry influence of the cask. A screaming deal and tragically limited in quantity.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/18/2016 | Send Email
A beautiful cask of Caol Ila . The thing that I think sets this cask apart is the balance between all of the different flavors. In the nose there are light smoke aromas. In the mouth it is bright , creamy and complex, with a light peat influence. It is easy to drink and has a wonderful long finish with all of the flavor profiles working together.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/17/2016 | Send Email
Young peated whisky is the new hot thing around these parts. In the case of this precocious Caol Ila 6 year, imagine the best parts of the Kilchoman sherry-finished whiskies, but at full proof and half the price! I'm hoping folks don't sleep on this one because I'm imagining hoards of customers coming back, looking for a second bottle, only to be dismayed by its limited quantities.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/17/2016 | Send Email
Not too long ago we brought in a Caol Ila 5 year from Hepburn and I thought it was good and fun for a young Scotch. I was expecting much the same when I went to taste the new young Caol Ila David bought this trip and was astounded by how much more I enjoyed it. Something about that extra year, or more likely the sherry hogshead it was aged in, added a complexity and helped this whiskey truly come together. Like the 5 year this beautiful bottle has light dense fruit with plenty of peat and iodine, however, the mid-palate is balanced and all of the parts work together. This is still a very young smoky and peaty Scotch, but it is worth getting into.

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Alcohol Content (%): 58.9