Caol Ila 1996 Sovereign (for K&L)
Added on Saturday, Mar 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM
  Age: 15 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1996 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 56.50 % Region: Islay
  Price: $100 Availability: Specialty Stores
Cask Ref: HH8687
Member Ratings and Notes

n: Briney and sweet.  Taffy shop on the beach with fresh layed asphalt.


p:  Mint on charcoal.  Absolutely fills the mouth with flavor.  Motor oil.  Ash on the long finish.Fun.

Iodine, toasted sourdough, and band aids. Pine sap, vanilla and citrus. Palate is sweet with fruit sugars and finishes with smoke.  
n: sweet peat smoke, salty leather, buttery lighter nose. Brine and a bit of wet heather.

t: surprisingly bold peat (with a sweet side), medicinal, and leather. Nose was tame so this threw me off at how robust this is. Mid-palate is buttered wheat thins and seasalt. Finish is sardine infused olive oil. Not complex on depth of flavour, but does the seabrine, smoked leather thing very well. [Almost B+] 

Nose is ashy, like old cigarettes. Palate is a big blast of peat with a similarly strong sweetness, like peated simple syrup. Finish is is all peat.  Tastes much younger than 15, but it's hard not to like something this bold.



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