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Always a staple in Diageo's Special Releases, the unpeated bottling of Caol Ila has reached 17 years of age. Wispy smoke combines with gingerbread, sweet-cured meat and smoked fish, with a refreshing lemony note.Tasting Notes (1)
Diageo Special Releases 2015
Tasting notes by Billy A
Salted lemons and charcoal dust lead the way, with swimming pools and sea-spray – a mineral-heavy, coastal and zingy whisky. Behind the initially sharp nose, sit richer and spicier notes of vanilla cream, vanilla sponge, lemon drizzle cake and white pepper. Water brings out more sweetness, but the seaside charm remains.
Heavy but sweet smoke and damp charcoal lead the palate. Lemon zest and bitter pith sit with sweet Werther's Originals and gentle spice. The spice builds, with some floral and soapy notes that compliment rather than detract from the rest of the palate. Water brings out mouth-watering sour fruit and more perfumed notes – musky and fragrant.
Charcoal dust and soft fruitiness, fading to dark spice.
An upfront and very maritime dram, that has more depth than some of the more recent unpeated releases. It has smoke, but it's sooty and dusty rather than pungent, giving room for the distillery's pure maritime character to shine.
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My husband is a real fan of peaty malts but this unpeated malt is his absolute favourite! It is smooth and just perfect, he says.
This is one of my favourite whiskies. Rich, sweet, complex, but the classic Caol Ila traits still come through to make this a very special dram. Smooth and memorable.
Stunning! One of my favourite whiskies. Has a good amount of smokiness, but it's not too harsh and doesn't overpower the other flavours. Complex but goes down very easily. For me it holds its own against much more expensive whiskies I've tried and is a bargain at the price. Just ordered my fourth bottle...
best whiskey i've ever tasted , i've tasted a few!
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