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Caol Ila Moch

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@milliken15Review by @milliken15

21st Apr 2012


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Ok... drank the bottle. I have been a avid whiskey fan, and this is my first review. The fact that I upended the bottle is the only reason I am mustering the balls to finally write a review, as most of you have already done I'm sure. I have seen enough reviews to know what the format should be, and this may be a slight variation from the norm:

Nose: To be honest, I smell tequilla. Not poetic, but frank. I have also been drinking my Ardbeg Supernova 2010 as comparison,and enjoy the nose of that much more. The "tequilla" nose is the only part of this dram that disappoints as far as I am concerned.

Taste: I do enjoy the taste. Not as medicinal as Laphroaig, but crisp and clean with lemon and iodine showing.

Finish: ... I like it. Long finish of lingering peat.

Ultimatum: An enjoyable whisky. Really wanted to love this, but seems middle of the road. I suppose Talisker and Ardbeg still take the cake.

Are there any whiskeys that are a close call to the style of Talisker? Was an absolute Islay guy until 57 degrees north.

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SquidgyAsh commented

Good review! I've heard some good things about Caol IIa whiskies. Makes me really wanna try them.

The closes t thing I've seen to a Talisker (and this is not the 57 North) is actually a japanese whisky that I heard compared to Caol IIA and that would be the Hakushu 12 yr old. Brilliant with flavors of smoke and peat, but enough fruit to keep even smoke haters happy. Definitely try a dram of it if you get the chance!

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milliken15 commented

Thanks SquidgyAsh... Like I said, I really wanted to like it. I had a bottle that I really liked (think it was a distillers edition) and so bought a few more, but they were just a little less enjoyable than the other Islays, and a few of the island scotches in my opinion. Talisker really grew on me, and is now my favorite. Funny you mention the Hakushu 12... was real close to getting it, but got cold feet and went for a Laphroaig 18 yr instead... maybe I should've trusted my gut.

11 years ago 0

SquidgyAsh commented

HAHAHA hopefully it'll be there when you head on back :D I find the Hakushu 12 yr old to be my favorite of the japanese whiskies, and just whiskies in general. VERY nice little dram. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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