N: Ripe fruit, ether, cloves, graham crackers P: Fruity with strong organic flavors, clove cigarettes F: Long and fiery, but to be expected at 65%. I really like what's going on here, but it needs a little water to quench the fire. Give this 10 more years and it could be really something. Tough one to grade, I felt B+ initially based on the unique flavor, then went B- based on drinkability.
Caol Ila without peat. Hmmm. I was afraid it was going to be a little like Howdy Doody without a hand up his kiester... nothing going on. Turns out there was a little something under the peat sheet after all. Bubblegum and heat. Neads a little water. Nice flavor but the finish is more felt than tasted
This is great whisky. Spicy-sweet, with big round fruit notes, gingerbread notes, and flowery stuff as well. At only 8 years, and a whopping 64.9% ABV, you'd think this would be a rough ride -- but for all that, it isn't... at least not as rough as what you'd expect. It's a shame this isn't available Stateside; it's a must-try. If this is what Caol Ila is like when it's unpeated, then I demand they start a whole new unpeated line. A-/B+
Wonderfully floral nose. Sweet, rose petals. Stars out mild with slight sweetness, then the flavor just grows into a huge, warm, long, floral finish. Mellows and lingers for quite awhile. Flowers and alcohol. Not really identifiable as Caol Ila, but very enjoyable.
The alcohol is very apparent in the nose. But there are lighter caramel and toasted bread notes. Thin on the palate with spices, oats, and floral notes. Finish is fleeting and very dry with sweet toasted corn.