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Caol Ila 12 Year Old

Lagavulin Light

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@AKGcandlefishReview by @AKGcandlefish

24th Jul 2013


Caol Ila 12 Year Old
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Color: straw.

Nose: sweet and juicy pit-smoked barbecue, olive oil and herbs, pine needles, and just an edge of antiseptic harshness.

Body: light and oily.

Palate: sweet, smoky, meaty, and woody. Honey roasted peanuts and peppered jerky. This reminds me a lot of the Lagavulin 16, if a little less balanced and distinct. Not quite as smooth or refined.

Finish: a smoky, licorice finish of medium length.

I love this Islay! Can it compete with the Lagavulin 16 or Ardbeg Uigeadail? No, but at $15-40 cheaper than those bottles, it doesn't need to. I got this for $53 at Total Wine, and it was worth every penny. Very similar profile to the Lagavulin 16, just a little harsher and less subtle. If you love the Laga but live on a budget, pick this up. A true delight.

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FMichael commented

I think you hit the nail on the head; 'Lagavulin lite'.

For those wanting to try a smokey/peaty Islay single malt - the Caol Ila 12 yr is a good place to start.

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