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Poured from one of the three 20cl bottles packaged in the Classic Malts 'Coastal' gift set. To be honest, I bought the gift set to share something I experienced from the Whisky Live 2013 Melbourne with the missus: oysters freshly shucked with a twist, add a few drops of whisky (about 5) and slurp down. The Caol Ila 12 YO in the pack seems to work the best so might as well drink the others if they are not destined to be used as a condiment for "Highland-style" oyster naturale.
Just poured: Nose: Brine and peat. Intense, estery but not overpowering - delicious. Reminiscent of the aroma of anchovies and pitted olives. There is a savoury character to it.
Palate: A profusion of sweet and salty. Spiciness and pepper. A slight menthol note on the mid palate then becoming dry and salty. Nice tangy peat and a whiff of smoke.
Finish: Salty, fresh and expanding. I am getting an eucalypt note then barley-coconut. Not particulately long but it is good enough.
Not adding water to this, I like it the way it is.
A touch less smooth in delivery when compared to the Talisker Storm but I believe I enjoy this more. An excellent aperitif.