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Extra ageing has calmed the impact of the phenols, with the peat arriving on the palate late, and tempered by smooth oak. A very mellow, mature Islay malt.Tasting Notes (1)
Caol Ila 18 Year Old
- Liquorice root
Tasting Notes by Rocky
A rather subtle nose with hints of peat, vanilla and liquorice.
A creamy texture is apparent, with notes of almonds, vanilla, pineapple and grapefruit.
A subtle yet long finish, with peat and a touch of pineapple continuing to the end.
A well-aged whisky, elegant yet full of flavour. I can imagine myself slowly sipping this as a post-prandial dram.
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Light, even crisp on the palate yet rich with deep peaty overtones. Decidedly smoother than for example Lagavulin. 18 year markedly more refined and complex than 12 year ...worth the price difference. Don't go near the unpeated though! It's extremely sharp and flat.
I don't know... I love CL, and this one is good, it just needs more strength to be as good as it should... 46.3% should be great
Nose Warm rounded peat - again, not hitting you over the head, but has a strong presence. Also distinct floral notes. Then a bit of citrus - lemon - and some apricot. An ashy camp bonfire. A bit of salty burned meat, too? Oak and herbal leafy notes seem to be all over the place. Well balanced with the peat taking a bit more of the stage than the others. Palate The beginning is smooth and mellow. A little bit sweet. I also get a fair amount of acidity and a bit more salt. Vanilla and peat start to creep in - a bit of the same ash camp bonfire as detected on the nose. I noticed some almonds and cedar wood. It's clear that the flavor is not as direct as the nose was hinting to me. Finish Warming. That light smoke from before surrounds the end and really rides out the flavor. A bit of the salty notes that I had before remain, still. Also I notice a bit of sweet peat, similar to what the nose hinted at.
A beautiful taste with such rich smokiness, this is the whiskey that people who don''t like whiskey will enjoy. It is mellow , rich and smokey with none of that nasty burn that I previously associated with whiskey.
Perfect dram, blows all other away.
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