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Caol Ila 12 year old was a fine addition to my Islay memory treasure. Like Snatch in Guy Ritchie's CV, Caol Ila's 12 yrs isn't the best ones that Islay has to offer. But it is enjoyable and very close on the edge of greatness.
Actually that's the only thing in common with these two. Snatch was still a damn violent and accelerating movie but Caol Ila 12 offers the subtle and sweeter side of Islay.
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.