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@lucadanna1985Review by @lucadanna1985

18th Jan 2011


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Today I finished my working day sipping a glass of Caol Ila 12 yo kindly offered by my professor, so I remembered I still had a sample of their Natural Cask Strength edition and decided to give it a try, just to see how they compare. Here's my review!

Color and body: very light color, fino sherry according to the Connossr bar. I'm swirling the dram into the glass and watching at its long and thin legs.

Nose: sweet, with light but detectable alcohol, strong and aromatic peat. It also shows faint lemony notes. Mouthwatering!

Palate: very pungent and massive attack, it warms and coats your mouth. This start is followed by a pleasant sweetness, while some citrusy notes hit the sides of your tongue and, on breathing out, I can also feel a kind of nuttiness that I really like. And of course, peat and smoke at their best! It's a deeper, heartier version of the CI 12 (it should be younger though), but due to the high ABV the flavours are tightly intermingled, you need time to discern between them. But I can assure, it's well spent time! Adding water brings out more sweetness but curiously the alcohol attack becomes almost sharper, while the flavours are a bit flattened. I prefer it neat.

Finish: as always with this cask strength Islay malts, the finish stays with you forever, with peat and sweet warm notes and just a hint of liquorice. Satisfying!

Overall: this is a wonderful, quite complex whisky in spite of its age! If you like Islay malts, you should give it a try! (86/100)

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lucadanna1985 commented

err it should have been "THESE Islay Cask strength malts"...is there a way to correct it?

8 years ago 0

jwise commented

It sounds mouth watering! I have yet to get into Caol Ila. I think I'm going to have to kill some of these bottles I have open first. I have a bottle of Laph 10yr Cask Strength, and Lagavulin 16yr. Which Caol Ila should I look for first? Should I skip the 12yr, or go for it?

8 years ago 0

lucadanna1985 commented

12yr is a great dram in more opinion, the lower ABV allows you to taste the different kind of peat (different from laphroaig's/ardbeg's/lagavulin's one)...at half the price (here in Italy) I shouldn't skip it!

8 years ago 0

drinix commented

Great review @lucadanna1985! I've just recevied a sample of this dram, and can't wait to try it.

8 years ago 0

lucadanna1985 commented

thank you @drinix! it's a very good dram, though a bit expensive! let me know your thoughts!

8 years ago 0

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