Two Caol Ila's from me today, both exclusives from Belgium (the last ones I promise!).
Caol Ila is a hugely adaptable whisky. It can be good young, great old. Soft or smoky, medicinal or sweet, powerful or light.
Caol Ila 2003 Signatory 55.4%
Nose: A very maritime Caol Ila. Almost fishy, coal smoke, low tide aromas, campfire, very spirit driven and all the better for it. Salt coated fish, baked sea bass. Sausage rolls and petrol with water.
Taste: Salty hit, very maritime, seaweed, then some sweetness with honey then more smoky and lovely mineral notes. Coal, iodine, oily. Some petrol with water, but thinner. Loses the mouth feel.
Finish: Medium length. Mineral then some more smoke.
Bottled 2015 for the Nectar. A great nose, taste doesn't quite follow up to it.
Colour: Light Gold
Nose: Immediately lighter, younger and fruitier. Estery, smoky pear, green apple, maritime, kelp.
Taste: Young esters and a bit thin, then lovely smoky maritime kelp and low tide stuff.
Finish: Medium length. Much better with white pepper then nice mineral smoke.
An exclusive for various whisky shops. A very nice finish on this one but noses young.
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