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Whisky Reviews for Caol Ila 2006 MMcK
2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.67 points
- On the nose this is very prominent on pine resin. Has a more 'burned grease'-like note on the tongue than the comparatively very clean DL Provenance cask 11073. Some bright, crispy citric notes on the tongue. The chalky finish isn't the most lasting but that's not very surprising for something of this age. Tasted in a lineup of 5 Caol Ilas: This one, 5yo 2010 DL Provenance cask 11073 (81 pts), 14yo 2000 Cadenhead Small Batch 54,4% (86), 19yo 1995 DL 10971 (88), and Elements of Islay Cl7 (90).
- LiquoriceCarn Mor already has quite a few releases under the label Strictly Limited, which is usually a vatting of two casks. It is the case here. Two ex-bourbon casks yielded 600 bottles of the 8 Year Old Caol Ila. It is probably the palest Caol Ila I have ever tasted.
Surprisingly sweet nose with vanilla, sweet apples and juicy pears. The maritime elements are there, to be sure, with some ashes, but it is the sweetness that dominates. Sweet malt. Breakfast cereals. After a few moments it turns umami, which is not a disadvantage. This is young, but that is the way I like my Caol Ila.
Oily on the palate. It is clean, very clean. Citrus comes first, followed by smoked apples and pears (should such a thing exist). But it remains surprisingly sweet. Loads of vanilla and a pinch of pepper and ginger. Some aniseed. Midpalate, I suddenly get some kiwi. Where did that come from?
In the long and warm finish, some English candy – liquorice – turns up, albeit wrapped in a very smoky blanket.
Good! I think this would go well with a fish in cream dish. Note to self: must try that sometime.