Scotch Whisky Review: Caol Ila 2010 Signatory 10 Year Old

A solid performance with a sweeter, fruitier Caol Ila peat monster.

Caol Ila 2010 Signatory 10 Yr / 58.9%

Tasted neat / with a dash of water

This Caol Ila was distilled on 22/09/2010 and bottled on 20/04/2021 having spent 10 and a half years in Refill Sherry Butt #316650. This is bottle number 203 out of a large 528. As with all of Signatory’s Cask Strength releases, this is non-chill filtered, natural colour, and of course, cask strength.

  • Color: burnt umber (1.7)
  • Nose: flat red wine, campfire smoke, sandalwood, and undertones of sulphur; blueberry jam, nail polish
  • Taste: iodine and peat mix with rich berry cobbler; some marshmallow and toffee
  • Finish: fruity, lots of peat, and medium in length

Surprisingly dark for a refill ex-sherry cask, I continue to find these 10–12 year old Caol Ila from Signatory’s Cask Strength lineup to be excellent value for the money. This one takes a classic (if younger) Caol Ila to their standard 12 and enfruitens it with this refill sherry cask.

Rating: 6/10

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Personal interests in literature, SF, and whisky/whiskey/scotch, Software Engineer by Trade