Whisky Review: Caol Ila Feis Ile

2 min readJun 20, 2021

Stunning cask-strength Caol Ila sweetened up with a bit of Amoro cask finishing, it comes a wee bit short of the punchy, powerful Caol Ilas I like.

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2017 12 Year / 55.8%

Tasted neat

This Caol Ila was bottled for Feis Ile 2017, part of a 1,500 bottle release for the annual festival. It’s twelve years old, and was double matured in ex-Amoroso casks. It is also natural cask strength, and was selected by Eddie Thom.

If you’re wondering what Amoroso sherry is, it’s also the cask-type used to finish Talisker Distiller’s Editions, and is producer El Maestro Sierra’s proprietary 15-year Oloroso doped with 4-year aged PX sherry to sweeten it up.

  • Color: amontillado sherry (0.9)
  • Nose: sweet peat, asphalt, burnt egg, and cantaloupe
  • Taste: prickly aloe juice, peat and iodine, smoke, ash, and sweet sherry
  • Finish: long, peaty, smoothly smokey, with a hint of sweetness

This is interesting, taking a cask strength Caol Ila and putting it into a sweeter cask finish. I don’t quite like it at 12 years, as the sweetness from the sherry fights with the brashness of 12 year old Caol Ila. I think it would do quite good in the early 20 years of age.

Rating: 85/100




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