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This is a 3cl sample from the original bottling of:
Caol Ila 18 Year Old
Caol Ila 18 Year Old is an example of how aged peated whiskies can mellow over time. The smoke is tempered and it also shows notes of pineapple, almond and vanilla.
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18 Year Old
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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