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Caol Ila 12 Year Old

nice Snatch from Islay

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@RantavahtiReview by @Rantavahti

22nd Feb 2013


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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.

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FMichael commented

lol - you said "snatch".

6 years ago 0

Rantavahti commented

yeah I know, it's a nice word

6 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

This bottle blends especially well with other whiskies. I like to start blending when it gets down to about one quarter full. Blends well with Talisker or with Highland Park 12. I watched the last superbowl with a few glasses of the HP12/CI single malt blend. It was quite delicious after having steeped together in a smaller bottle together for a while before drinking.

6 years ago 0

Rantavahti commented

Thanks for the info rigmorole! It would be nice to try it with Talisker 10 yrs, which I actually didn't like that much (just to see if it would highlight the better sides of Talisker).

6 years ago 0

PeatyZealot commented

After reading this, I put the 2 ( Talisker 10, Caol Ila 12) together, but it didn't turn out well for me. They seem to flatten eachother out in stead of being enriching as I was hoping for. Better apart than together!

6 years ago 0

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