Making quite an addition to the Connoisseurs Choice range from indie bottlers Gordon & MacPhail, this single malt Scotch was distilled at Caol Ila in 2009. It initially matured in a bourbon barrels before finishing for two years in a sassicaia casks (a very fancy Tuscan red wine). Bottled in 2022, non-chill filtered and naturally coloured, with complex red fruit character finding its way into the characteristic Islay smoke. An outturn of 3,550 bottles.
Nose: Meaty smoke, spiced biltong, gorse flower, and sundried raisins.
Palate: Summer berries, hedgerow fruits, spiced ginger cake, summer barbecues, and a touch of candied citrus.
Finish: Peppery spices build, with grilled cherries, and waves of Islay peat.