2008 Caol Ila 5 Year Old Hepburn's Choice K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

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Don't let the young age fool you: this five year old, single barrel, cask strength version of the legendary Islay distillery is bringing more than its share of bang for the buck. Getting a single barrel, full strength version of any single malt whisky is tough for $50, but a full-throttle Caol Ila? Forget about it. The youthful vigor of a young mezcal meets the fat-fruited, supple texture of the malt master; that's the best way to describe this whisky. Lots of smoke and immature phenolic action quickly turns rich and round and finishes with a mouthful of stone fruit and citrus. Absolutely one of the most exciting whiskies we have on the shelf at any price and a true stunner for those who appreciate gusto. A whopping 61.1% brings the intensity!

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2015 | Send Email
This is a lovely Caol Ila. It has some nice smoke in the nose but not too much. It is light bodied and very easy to drink. There is a pretty fruity finish. I think that this a single malt to drink and enjoy anytime.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2015 | Send Email
This young Caol Ila has gone over well with some of the more serious drinkers that frequent our spirits department. Like a briny wave crashing over your head, the Caol Ila is as fresh and vibrant as any Islay you've ever had. Definitely with the lemony briny and maybe the slightest hint of kippers, the smoky is clean and billowing. Takes water nicely, but beware of the high ABV!

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2015 | Send Email
I love this whisky. It's young and fiery with lots of phenolic Islay action, yet with a soft core of round fruit and hints of vanilla on the finish. It's like getting a glimpse at a planet in the early stages of development. If you're a fan of Caol Ila, you can't afford NOT to buy this whisky. It's classic Caol Ila, but at an almost blinding level of brightness.

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Alcohol Content (%): 61.1