- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- 58.6 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 04 Sep 2010 3:55 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila Natural Cask Strength
9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.33 points
Peat smoke, seasalt, lemon zest, honey, coastal notes
Peat smoke, salty, citrus, vanilla, burnt rubber
Long, smoky, salty
- Nose: phenolic, glue, black peppercorns, nutmeg, hints of citrus. Palate: smoke, lemons, black peppercorns, brine, bitters, fatty. Finish is long and dry. Very peppery and spicy with ashy smoke.
With water the nose gets even more glue notes, galia melon, the brine enters the nose as well. Palate loses a bit of the fruit, more pepper and ashy smoke. Lingering peppery finish.
- This is a bodybuilder of a whisky. Not for the faint
hearted. Caol Ila remains at the top of my list of favourite Islay
The nose is grand, vibrant and very expressive. All
elements of the sea are there. Salt, smoked herring, creosote with loads of
smoke, balanced thanks to a dollop of honey and lime zest. Diluted it becomes
more accessible and offers breakfast cereals and butter.
Kaboom! It explodes in your mouth! Makes me all warm
inside. The maritime elements of the nose return. Oysters. Brine. Some vanilla,
lime zeste again, hints of burnt rubber (the good kind). Can take quite a bit
of water. Becomes less intense, admittedly, but does not lose a lot of flavour.
It offers even more. A swimmer.
The finish is very long on peat. Fades ever so gently.
- A great expression!
Strong Islay with balls. A lot of smoke and peat, iodine and sea notes, sweetness and alga. It´s definitely powerful, possibly immature, but nice.
It starts with sweetness, full of smoke and peat, rich in aromas, hot, powerful and smoky, condensed and absorbing.
Very long, intensive in smoke, with hints of sweetness and fruits.