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0.70 ltr. 43.00%
Released in May 2002, a highly regarded, hidden gem, in the tradition of Caol â "¢.
Caol Ila summary Description title Descriptiion
Colour: Straw yellow.
Smell: Retained citrus fruit; a hint bath oil and mouthwash. Fresh and appetizing, low smoke. With a little water coming almond oil and old oilskins forward; still fresh and fruity (lychees?), a drop of olive oil and afterwards potpourri or flavored soap.
Taste: Firm, smooth, light to medium. Good to drink at natural strength; sweet start; pleasant, slightly smoky with a long finish. Feels smooth and pleasant in the mouth; water with a touch of acidity, some zilter but still sweet tones. A complex balance of primary tastes.
Aftertaste: Sweet smoke in the long, slightly tart finish.
Nose: Smoked ham comes across delicately with citrus and cigar leaves. Fresh and smoky, probably the best part of this whisky.
Taste: With an almost full body, oil and tar meet subtle smoke. Hints of sweet tastes like honey.
Finish: Finish is quite long, lacks a little bit of smoke but it is still smoky. Some spices like pepper combined with little sweetness.
Balance: Not the best ones of Islay but still a good one. Smooth and delicately smoky whisky, great for smoky beginners.
Superlekker, niet super-peaty, maar ook niet te laf qua smaak. Wie over gaat naar de peat from Islay, is dit een mooie begin Islay-whisky! Proost!
Peat smoke, grass, burnt grass, band-aid, artificial banana. After some water the nose becomes sweeter, white sugar, cotton candy is in there somewhere.
Peat smoke again, maritime, malty, the wet grass, firebox. With water it becomes more herbal, a bit sweeter, icing sugar far back together with caramel but strong peat and black pepper are the dominating features.
The finish is long and peppery with smoke and salty licorice, anise seed and fennel notes. again grass and brine.
The sugar notes are there but quite restricted. Herbal, smoky salt water lead the flavor profile. It is quite interesting to compare with an unpeated Caol Ila as well, a lot of the sweeter flavors are there as well but needs water and time in the glass to be noticed.
(Rating interval 83-86)
This belongs to my TOP-3 list of whisky, all whisky! The taste is surprisingly mild for an Islay whisky. The finish however includes the characteristic peatiness of Islay.
I usually recommend this to friends who do not have much experience with peaty/smoky Scotch and want an easy start to that world.
Peat, dark chocolate, lime, peach, salt and a whiff of a horse stable. Nice balance.
Peat, sweet lime, chocolate and smoked cod. A little salt & pepper and a whiff of ammonia. A bit too diluted in the long run.
Mainly peat with some spice, not so much of the fruitiness that is quite prominent in the nose.
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