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Caol Ila 12 Year Old

Sweet, salty, smoky

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@MegawattReview by @Megawatt

15th Jan 2017


Caol Ila 12 Year Old
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  • Finish
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Nose: a delicate perfume of vanilla and lemon essence at first, followed by brine and smoke notes. Impressive balance and lightness.

Taste: medium-bodied, with the initial sweetness soon met by a wave of salty smokiness. The salty maritime character takes some getting used to. Then the peat coats the back of the tongue.

Finish: Peaty, but not overpowering. The salty note lingers.

Balance: a solid Islay malt which finds a good balance between sweetness and peat smoke. For me, not an everyday malt but still a great choice.

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Alexsweden commented

Thanks for the review. I can only agree about the balance between smoke and sweet. What a great whisky!

7 years ago 0

Dreambuie commented

do u know if the caol ila standard releases (12, 18..) are chill filtered and/or artificially colored?

7 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

@Dreambuie If it doesn't say they are not on the bottle...

7 years ago 0

Ol_Jas commented

@Dreambuie , the other useful rule of thumb in this scenario: "If it's bottled by Diageo, it's chillfiltered and colored."

7 years ago 0

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