Official tasting notes.
Butter and smoked meats then almond, hazelnut and candied fruit. Suggestions of herring and anchovy, a classic marina scent with flashes of minerality.
Samaroli 2022 ‘Islay’ Caol Ila Distillery Single Malt Whisky 70cl 45%
Bottled in Scotland in 2022 yielding 1664 bottles worldwide.
Cask Type: Refill Bourbon
Bottler: Coilltean Int. Co.
Distillation date: 30th of July 2014
Release Date: February 2023 (AU)
Here’s a delightful whisky by Samaroli from the Caol Ila distillery in Islay that’s a marriage of 4 ex-bourbon hogsheads numbered 321476, 321501, 321504 and 321499. The whisky was distilled in 2014 and bottled in 2022 at 45% ABV. Samaroli is known for bottling whiskies that drink beyond their stated ABV, such is the magic of their art, and this whisky is no different offering layers of complexity, delicate salinity, full of the flavours many of us have come to love about Caol Ila.
The name hogshead originally derives from a 15th century English term ‘hogges hede’, which referred to a unit of measurement equivalent to 63 gallons, considerably larger than a modern day hogshead which is officially 54 imperial gallons