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Caol Ila 12 Year Old

oily and pleasant

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mReview by @maltmate302

2nd Feb 2015


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The whisky I'm reviewing is from a 20cl bottle recently bought. If I could sum up this up in one word that word would be oily.I've never really understood the concept of an oily mouth feel but after drinking this now I do. On the nose I first got a sort of briney peatiness swiftly followed by toffee,caramel and a slight herbal note. On the palate I got a sweet, creamy,briney peaty taste infused with lemon curd (a british preserve),lemon peel and sherbet lemons(candy) all wrapped up in a good olive oil. Very pleasant if a bit one dimensional. The finish is very long indeed. Quite gentle peat with white pepper with coastal notes still lingering. This is not a peat monster like Laphroaig 10 ,the praying levels are more muted,like a Talisker. It is nevertheless mostly enjoyable if not overly complex. It would be an excellent introduction to Islay malt whiskies.

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Nozinan commented

I find this to be a very enjoyable whisky, one of the few bottled at 43% that I would drink over a diet soda (unless I was just thirsty, then I'd have the soda).

But if you want this amped up a notch, see if you can get your hands on a bottle of the natural cask strength release (the one bottled at 58%, I believe). In my opinion this is an explosion of flavour in a dram.

7 years ago 0

Pierre_W commented

Totally agree with the comment of @Nozinan. The cask strength bottling offers way more depth and flavour variation. Sadly unavailable at the moment (at least so in Switzerland).

7 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Nozinan, good quote! "...one of the few bottled at 43% that I would drink over a diet soda....". Bravo! I wish I had come up with that one myself.

7 years ago 0

maltmate302 commented

Excellent quote Nozinan .The cask strength does sound a lot more inviting than the 43%. I was just doing a simple little review of a simple, albeit enjoyable, little whisky.I apologize for the errors,I meant peating not praying and most instead of mostly. Sorry about that!

7 years ago 0

broadwayblue commented

Nobody should be drinking diet soda...that stuff will kill you. lol

7 years ago 0

Ol_Jas commented

I've some Laphroaigs with peat that approaches the "praying level"!

Indie Caol Ilas at cask strength are usually pretty easy to find too, assuming you have access to a store that carries any indies to begin with. For me in the US, at least, this is a more readily available way of getting cask strength Caol Ila than looking for the OB.

7 years ago 0

tjb commented

A really nice review that is on point. As mentioned above...try the cask strength.

7 years ago 0

broadwayblue commented

I've got a G&M cask strength bottling of Caol Ila that's terrific.

7 years ago 0

maltmate302 commented

I know OIJas praying levels indeed!It was a predictive text and clumsy finger combo that embarrassed me. It wouldn't be a post without a screwup.I've just opened a bottle of Maker's Mark to console myself and suddenly things don't seem so bad.

7 years ago 0

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