The Octave range is where the finest whiskies have a final maturation in reconstructed ex sherry octave casks, the spirit is invigorated by the increased wood contact in the smaller casks, bringing you a spectacular dram.
The Caol Ila 2008 Premium Octave cask #4036549 has aged for 15 years in oak casks then spent the final months in an octave cask. This is a limited release of only 90 bottles. This is a single cask, bottled in 2023 at cask strength, not chill-filtered or coloured.
For many years, Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky Limited has experimented in the use of differing cask sizes for the maturation of single malt and single grain scotch whiskies. This research stemmed from the simple premise that there is more interaction between the wood and spirit over a shorter period of time in a small cask than in a large cask, allowing a faster melding of wood, air and alcohol. The spirit in this bottle is an exclusive example of good whisky taken beyond all expectations to become rich, complex and wise beyond its years; it has been 'Octave Invigorated'
Colour: Russet Muscat
Nose: Walnuts and miso with earthy sherry and dried porcini mushrooms. Pinewood ashes, a touch medicinal, a lemony cough syrup.
Palate: Well Balanced with the clean distillate shining throughout. A touch of ginger and a dry flinty muscadet white wine. Salty creme brulee, limoncello and some smoky cured salmon.
Finish: Rather Long and extremely well balanced. The ashy notes return, alongside some bitter chocolate covered walnuts. A classic sherried Caol Ila