Caol Ila 1999 Signatory (Binny's)
Added on Wednesday, Jun 3, 2009 at 11:04 AM
  Bottler: Signatory
  Age: 6 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1999 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 61.80 % Region: Islay
  Price: $35 Availability: Collectors Only
Distilled 17.11.1999        Bottled 21.08.2006        Cask no. 06/607/1        314 bottles
Member Ratings and Notes
This was a great find -- on Andy's patio, via Binny's.  I really liked this.  It is lighter and younger, but full of flavor.  Where the older Caol Ilas have a lot of smoked bacon, this is a little more toward bacon grease with some other spices mixed in.  But very drinkable.  Not quite as pleasant or complex as the CL1, but for $35, it's a very good whisky. 
Nose is standard Caol Ila stuff, campfire smoke, with evergreen hints.  Palate is BIG SWEET SMOKE.  Finish is LONG.  The capitals basically tell you all you need to know -- this ain't subtle stuff.  There's no complexity here, but who cares.  To note, this whisky takes water very well, and I advise it (I think I actually insist on it).  And wow, 35 bucks!  Title: "Holy Smoke!" 

Simple, smokey, bit of hay.  Highly drinkable.

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