|Name:||Caol Ila 12 Year Old|
|Spirit Type:||Single Malt|
|Year Distilled:||Not Specified (probably 2000)|
|Year Bottled:||Not Specified (probably 2012)|
|Cask Maturation:||Ex-boubon Hogsheads*|
|Color:||Amber – 1|
|*according to Whiskypedia, Charles Maclean|
Caol Ila is primarily a blending whisky, being used in Johnnie Walker, Bells, and Black Bottle, among others. Considered one of the “Lighter” Islay whiskies, in actuality it has quite a bit of flavor!
Balance! Medium smoke, medium salt, medium iodine. Honey, sweet lemon. Hints of coconut, peach, and grapefruit.
Initial sweetness, followed by a growing smokiness. Pepper, vanilla, and toffee. well balanced.
Moderate smoke. A bit dry. A hint of nice bitterness.
For those who find Laphroaig to be a bit too Iodine or Ardbeg too bright, this is a great alternative. The balance of this whisky is, in a word, incredible. Glad I bought it at the price I did.
Overall Rating: 88/100
- Laphroaig Quarter Cask
- Ardbeg 10