First Impression: Caol Ila Sassicaia Wood Finish 2003

[45.0%・12 Years Old・Distilled in 2003・Bottled in 2016・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release of 4100 Bottles]


Quite naturalistic and primitive with the cowshed vibe laying the groundwork for white pepper and strawberry essence; the fireplace-esque sensation has been kept at bay, with just a hint of creaminess foreboding what’s to come.

Palate & Finish:

Strawberry cream and custard with a wave of peat smoke, a nice body giving a velvety mouthfeel whilst more fruits start to join in.  English toffee wrapped in a milk chocolate coating gently caressed by the smoke.

Medium finish of berries and menthol.


The 9 years that this had spent in bourbon barrels prior to the 33 month finishing in Sassicaia casks really helped create some depth.  Nice dram.


P.S. Thank you Mr. Lawrence for the sample!