...just like this one. Another great 1984 Caol Ila with an excellent profile that is both extremely interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable. Hey, this dram is certainly worth every buck of its release price (I paid 203 Euro for this bottle)...
The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a bold and incredibly complex aromas mix of fruity, peaty and waxy-oily flavours. After some breathing more interesting notes develop that remind me of the smoker's room in an old Scottish gentlemen's club with cold cigar smoke, old leather and furniture polish. Some maritime notes (sea weed, shells) appear later together with mossy aromas (fishing nets, hemp ropes). Hey, I like that!
The taste is nicely layered on fruity (pears, peaches), meaty (fried bacon), smokey (bonfire) and spicy flavours in a firm wooden structure. All perfectly balanced and without any flaw, great stuff indeed! Water releases more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate what turns the dram even more interesting and quaffable. I like this dram best when reduced to about 48% abv.
The whisky arrives warming and nicely coating on the palate with no distracting feelings whatsoever. The finish is very long and adds some interesting (smoked) kippery flavours together with both hot and cold bonfire smoke. There is a minor drying moment from the ashes of these fires but this is rather tasty and not distracting at all.