The best entry-level OB Islay in my view. Such subtletly, such coherency, and such display of what the Caol DNA can be ... at that age, proof and price, well, no wonder it's been my profile picture since the beginning hehe. Caol 12 is Caol 12 ; you can start looking for the most peculiar things during months and years, and then one day you get back to it, and you think, well, what have I been looking for elsewhere ? Can't go higher than 87 because it still feels a tiny-bit bourbon driven at times, I wish it was even more naked. But still worthy of a big fat 87 at least (and in that regard, I never understood how Laga 16 is being given such praise while this one isn't ; their relative quality is similar to me, that is to say very high. Caol 12 deserves more love !)
(2016 bottle, opened since then). Pff, well, you know, Caol Ila is Caol Ila. The perfect display of its DNA : green olives, kelp and fleetwood, fresh malt and limestone, lemons and limes. Basta. No need to say more, it's Caol Ila in all its simplicity.
Same story ; its simplicity and coherency are just ... a joy. Sand and kelp with fresh salted bread, briny lemons and limes, cider vinegar, some other green vegetal touches (green pepperoni), and a big minerality. For a Diageo OB at 43%, the texture and length are very satisfying
Quite long again actually, clean, on fresh malt, salt, sand, fleetwood, and ashy citrus touches. Classic.