In the illustrious tradition of the Single Malts of Scotland Reserve Casks series, we find a 2014 Caol Ila single malt, christened Parcel No.9. This distinguished spirit underwent a patient maturation within the embrace of merely six American oak barrels for a span of eight years. The olfactory symphony unfolds with the fragrant nuances of a bonfire’s smoky incantations, an invigorating ocean breeze, the delicacy of lemon drizzle cake, and the sweet embrace of vanilla. These aromatic notes gracefully beckon the connoisseur.
On the palate, a grand tapestry of flavors unfolds, akin to an opulent feast for the senses. Cinnamon and clove weave an intricate dance, while the zesty elegance of lemons and limes adds their zest to the spectacle. Nutmeg imparts its subtle, yet captivating charm, while candied ginger tempts with its alluring sweetness. Hints of liquorice lend a sophisticated edge, sea salt evokes a sense of the coastal terroir, and ripe pears bring a luscious fruitiness to the composition.
As the journey reaches its denouement, the finish lingers, leaving a lasting impression akin to a fond memory. This Caol Ila single malt, in Parcel No.9, presents a tasting experience that is nothing short of exquisite.