The second club bottling of the Belgian club McShelfie is a young Islay. I heard through the grapevine that it is Caol Ila, my favourite Islay whisky! This is my 99th encounter. And young Caol Ila can be very, very good in my opinion, so the expectations are high.
Oh, my, what’s this? Deep fried doughnut balls, I kid you not! This Caol Ila is immensely sweet. Sure, the peat, the salt, the citrus and the rocks in the surf are there, but this nose is mostly dominated by doughnuts with icing sugar. And you know what? It’s absolutely great!
The body is oily and very clean. No more doughnuts now. Instead, I get lime juice, sea salt, warm peppers and loads of liquorice. Water? I think not. Perilously drinkable despite the almost 60% ABV. The smoke development is fantastic. What a party!
The finis is longer than expected – meaning very long – and a veritable struggle between sweet and salty. The sweetness is victorious. But it is the wonderfully warm smoke that lingers the longest.
Atypical nose, but on the palate it is a textbook example of wonderful, powerful young Caol Ila. Boy, 65 EUR only. If they still have a bottle, I’ll take it! Thx, Hendrik!