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The Diageo Special Releases 2016 edition of unpeated Caol Ila, yet again shot through with a hint of smoke. It's a mixture of American- and European-oak-matured whisky, adding some richness to Caol Ila's nutty unpeated spirit.Tasting Notes (1)
- White Pepper
- Dark Chocolate
Tasting notes by Billy Abbott (TWE)
Fruity toffee and pine needles – Christmas stocking treats eaten under the tree. Behind that initial hit are farmy notes, sweet meadow flowers and grass, with a hint of distant smoke sitting at the back. It continues to develop, with lemon and lime zest appearing along with more pine notes and rosy touches.
Big and thick, with spiced toffee and pungent leaves – rhubarb leaves (which I know you’re not meant to eat…) and white pepper. It’s concentrated and can take water well, revealing chocolate, more toffee and a mezcal herbaceousness – Serge at WhiskyFun is going to like this one.
Simple but lingering, with pepper and dark chocolate.
The Caol Ila is usually the entry I consider buying in each year’s Special Releases, and this year is no different – the cask influence is well balanced and the distillery’s spirit character is clearly in evidence. It works well with water as well, making it almost a whisky cordial.
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Not one of the better Coal Ilas. Nose, burnt oranges, almandine-chocolate note, and sweet and sour. Its almost a waste of time to review because what's next is not the nose. T: w/water, a least 3 teaspoons per 30ml, Vegetal, oranges, cream brûlée finishes medium dry and quick at the end. Nose: fabulous; taste: don't match the nose. I say about 83 should be 82 but the nose.....is well a knob....you know knobs......
Beautiful whisky!! I watched a Ralfy review of Caol Ila 14 unpeated in which he gave it very high marks. I received an email from The Whisky Exchange saying the 15 year old unpeated was on special, so I jumped on it. Boy am I glad I did. At 61.5 abv, it definitely needs water in my opinion. Water adds a faint peat note that is perfect. Along with some grape and green apple notes, it's wonderful on the palate. Thanks to The Whisky Exchange for having this whisky on special. I probably never would've tried if not for that.
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