I know a few here seem to enjoy the younger Caol Ila whiskies so finishing in zin barrels seems interesting. Price isn't too bad either...
I think I'll give this one a shot along with their Laphroaig 10yo Chateau Margaux for my next purchase. It almost sounds like it wouldn't work for such a medicinal dram but intriguing enough as I love all the Lapgroaig I've tried.
Cassis jam from the Zinfandel.
Light to medium bodied. Faint poached fruit and vanilla.
Sneak attack freshly baked yeast breads. Malt and Cereal. Medicinal peat.
I immediately noticed the strawberry red -or- used copper penny color from the zinfandel finish. This one benefited from a little water. Too elegant for my tastes but definitely one to share with good company or when you're in the mood for something smooth and not so in-your-face and fuller bodied. 85pts.
The nose has developed quite well in the last couple weeks. Think plums, leather and chocolate with a light peat background. Very nice.
Palate and finish seems to be what I remember. Will try again in two more weeks when close friend comes into town for the holidays.
Ganga wrote:Hey Chef! I'd be interested in seeing you write up some notes on this one again over a period of time. We've always noted that things change after the bottle is open. I tend to find that the wine notes diminish and the underlying malt starts to assert itself after 6 to 8 weeks of open time.
Bottle is about 2/3 finished and I'm actually experiencing both the wine finish and the characteristics of the young malt coming through stronger in a one-two punch.
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