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Caol Ila Distillery Only

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

23rd Dec 2013


Caol Ila Distillery Only
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This Caol Ila Distillery Only can only be obtained, err, right, at the distillery. However. I got this sample from my friend Jan, who visited the distillery and brought me back this sample. Thanks, buddy!

The nose is quite sharp on sweet peat, but also fat like famer butter. The maritime elements are strongly pushing forward, much more so than on older bottlings. The fruit is therefore overpowered by ashes, seaweeds, salty and a dying bonfire. Very good, though. It even has quite a sour edge, which reminds me more of a Laffie or a Bunna.

It is a whole lot sweeter on the palate. The ashes and seaweeds are pushed back by apples and citrus. Then the peat rears its head. Very powerful and grand. Oysters, limezest, vanilla. In that regards, it is much like the Natural Cask Strength. Becomes sweeter all the time.

The finish lasts forever and remains smoky and sweet until the very last moment.

If I ever get to Islay (hint to my dearly beloved), I am getting me a bottle of this.

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