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Caisteal Chamuis Island Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Review


9th November 2021
Review of the new no age statement Caisteal Chamuis heavily peated Island blended malt Scotch whisky.

Caisteal Chamuis Island Blended Malt Scotch Whisky (No Age Statement)Caisteal Chamuis is a new heavily peated Island region blended malt Scotch whisky range from Mossburn Distillers, owners of the new Torabhaig distillery on the Isle of Skye.

The new whisky range takes its name from the mysterious medieval ruin, Caisteal Chamuis (Gaelic pronunciation phonetically resembles Kash-teel Haam-oosh or for non-Gaelic speakers - Castle Camus), which lies on the headland of the eastern flank of Knock Bay, on the Isle of Skye.

The once strategic stronghold helped Clan Macleod secure their hold over part of the Sleat peninsula on Skye, and is clearly visible from Mossburn Distiller’s new distillery, Torabhaig.

The range has launched with two expressions, the first of those is the no age statement Caisteal Chamuis Bourbon Barrelled blended malt Scotch whisky, a blend of single malt whiskies distilled on the islands of Skye, Orkney & Islay which has been finished in First-Fill American Bourbon casks.

The second whisky in the release is the Caisteal Chamuis 12 Year Old Sherry Barrelled blended malt, a blend of single malts which have been distilled on Islay and Orkney. Initially aged for a minimum of 12 years and then double barrelled in custom made Fresh Oloroso Sherry Butts, the result they tell me is a rich and smooth dram, with a complex fragrant, heathery, lavender-like peat.

Both whiskies are presented non chill-filtered, naturally coloured and bottled at 46% ABV, you can read my thoughts on the no age statement Caisteal Chamuis finished in First-Fill American Bourbon casks below.

Rick Bennett-Baggs at Mossburn Distillers, commented: "In Caisteal Chamuis we have created a mystifying whisky from the Hebrides, celebrating the life and lore of a past that might have been at the castle. While the story may be mysterious, enjoying a good quality, peated malt whisky shouldn’t be, as we seek to transport drinkers and welcome them to the misty isles of the Hebrides."

Caisteal Chamuis 12 Year Old has a RRP of £49 and the NAS Caisteal Chamuis Blended has a RRP of £39, they are available to buy in over 15 markets including the UK, France, Germany in 2021 and in the USA in 2022. You will now find both expressions available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Amazon
 

Caisteal Chamuis Island Blended Malt Scotch Whisky Review


William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A delicate touch of lemon mingles with lovely refined peat and some vanilla and a touch of butterscotch.

Taste: Delicious sugar enhanced peat infused butterscotch with a side of creamy vanilla fills every corner of the mouth, it is quickly joined by some lovely peppery sweet oak spices, the touch lemon citrus from the nose is also there throughout..

Finish: A deliciously long sweet, peaty oaky finish, the vanilla, sweet peat and lemon citrus bow out slowly to leave a touch of mildly drying oak.

Comment: Definitely one for the peatheads, a delicious new sweet peaty blended malt that could rival some of the best quality big Islay peaty single malt drams out there such as Ardbeg or Kilchoman. If you enjoy big peaty bourbon cask matured drams then this will not disappoint. Hopefully this is an indication of the quality that is to come from Torabhaig. I need to get hold of a bottle of the 12 year old now to see how good Caisteal Chamuis is with a sherry influence, meanwhile it is a big thumbs up from me for the no age statement Caisteal Chamuis Bourbon Barrelled blended malt Scotch whisky.

SMW Blended Malt Whisky Score 89/100
 

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