First Impression: SMWS 53.239 Caol Ila “Ham Hock and Blackcurrant Jam”

[59.7%・ 19 Years Old・Bottled in 2016・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release]

Nose:

The peat smoke politely arrives on scene, smoked trout and iodine fill the room with a touch of anise.  A fireplace getting started by burning scrunched up newspapers.

Palate & Finish:

Forest berries and sweet peat make for a friendly entry.  A chilli zing brings about a lively burn but it does upset the delicate delivery.  A light brush of creamy blueberries does improve the follow through.

Blackcurrant flavoured lozenge with traces of dried bonito flakes, the finishing is surprisingly lighter after the burn.

Thoughts:

A slightly flawed but fascinating Caol Ila, quite uneven but that contributes to its playfulness for those who seeks a fun dram.

-Nicholas