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Caol Ila 12 Year Old

My Introduction to Islay

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@quirkzooReview by @quirkzoo

25th Apr 2010


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  • Balance
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I am interested in exploring peated whiskies and from reading reviews of several entry level Islays this seemed to be the best place to start.

I would love to say the nose smells like peat but I honestly have no idea what peat smells like so I am going to describe it as smokey and earthy. I also get a hint of citrus on the nose. On the palate the smoke and earth really open up and become much more vibrant than on the nose. To me the citrus comes off as lime but without the tartness (if that makes sense). As the smoke and earth settle down I start to taste some pipe tobacco. The whisky is leaving a nice oily coat inside my mouth and is lingering with a peppery finish.

Overall I really enjoyed the balance of this whisky. I look forward to savoring the rest of the bottle and maybe even sharing it with some close friends.

Any suggestions on some next steps from here?

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jdcook commented

I would try the Ardbeg 10 year old next, then branch out in any direction you like!

10 years ago 0

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