N: I’m pleased to report the 12yo still has that notable oily brininess [on the nose at least], with a touch of smokey bacon.
T: Decidedly lacklustre after the initial stages. Though the smoke >> vegetal character is likeable, it’s not as oily rich as I’ve remembered it in the past.
F: Evaporates to a mild something-ness.
C: I used to regard the Caol Ila 12yo as a go-to, though admittedly, some years have past.
[Scores 81 points]
TAKE 2 - around an hour later
N: Wtf, really? Core range juice on free pour in the courtyard! “Seaweed and iodine”, says the manager. Good, let’s move on.
T: Light dry smoke, no body. With respect to the already sacrificed in my name, I eat my first and possibly last oyster. It’s of the sea for sure, accompanied by actual gravel in iodine. The oyster is of more interest in the moment,….
F: ,… and dominates my palate completely. Food pairing, honestly !
C: Oysters, what’s that all about? The taste of the sea/fish farm, literally. The whisky scores 81 again.