Review: Caol Ila, 8 years and a Ruby Port Wine Octave have produced a result that impresses. In any case, my expectations of this combination were clearly exceeded. The youth you can not deny the bottling and undiluted, the strength is a real board, but a teaspoon of water on 2cl works wonders and prepares a completely successful drinking experience. A really good young Caol Ila. Power translates to good 89 points.
Intense flows a mixture of sweet peat smoke and barley malt in the nose and immediately reveals the pronounced maritime character that here is an Islay malt in the glass. Iodine, seaweed and algae put me mentally on a rock on the beach, where the waves break. Sea spray is in the air. The high bar strength stands out when inhaling deeply something in the nose. Like a mixture of anise, ginger and mint. It takes a few minutes for the nose to get used to this intensity and to take on other facets that are initially heavily overlaid. A nice juicy, vinous note is spreading and subtle toffee, caramel and a note that reminds me of a leather rag for added tension. With a teaspoon of water on 2cl, the sting disappears and the accent shifts a little away from the vinous to the maritime peat smoke and the malt. There is still a bit of ginger tingling in the nose, and somehow now and then cold black tea is shining through. Overall, I am pleasantly surprised: the nose is more exciting and varied than expected.
The drop hits the tip of the tongue quite softly and with significantly less acid than expected. A rich, in peat smoke embedded grain and malt taste makes the prelude. Gentle spiciness develops cautiously: ginger and pepper provide a nice accompaniment. Behind a beautiful fruit sweetening swinging. The smoky sweet and sour interplay stimulates the salivation and so slowly the oak with a nice, rather dull oak taste is noticeable. The taste is not very complex overall, but absolutely consistent. Absolutely free of sulfur or other wrong notes this maritime malty-smoky and sweet and sour combination gives me a really nice drinking pleasure. Relaxed, leaning back into the finish.
The finish is medium to long. Nestled on maritime iodine and algae, the peat smoke and sweet malt sound harmoniously interwoven. Over time, small ash particles are felt to adhere to the oral mucosa, and a delicious tart oak flavor, along with a handful of almonds, make for a mouth-watering finish. At the latest in the finish, this intense woody taste reveals the octave barrel.