Named after distillery manager Billy Stitchell who retires this year, this bottling honours his 39 years at Caol Ila, following in the footsteps of four previous generations of his family! The eighth unpeated Caol Ila single malt from Diageo's Special Releases, it is taken from American Oak, rejuvenated American Oak and ex-bodega European Oak casks.
Nose: Sweet and fairly innocuous at first. Hint of distant seaweed, citrus, chopped green apple. Some creamy fudge slowly develops.
Palate: Sawn wood, pine cones and some needles, those Haribo sweets that have the white bit on them (you know what I mean).
Finish: Wood spices, Rich Tea biscuits.
Overall: A lovely dram and an appropriate way to celebrate Billy Stitchell’s 39 years at the distillery.