Caol Ila 12 yo 1993/2006 (60.0%, Adelphi, cask #6797, 266 bottles) Colour: pale straw. Nose: very typical, maybe even fresher than usual. Beautiful liquorice and smoke plus whiffs of fisherman’s nest. There’s lots of young indie Caol Ilas in the market and some are sometimes a little boring (too similar to justify bottling as a single cask, even if they’re above average) but this one is really great. Development: peatier and rather more medicinal than the usual young Caol Ilas in fact, more like a Laphroaig. Mouth: enjoyable attack on gentian spirit, very earthy, with a very pleasant bitterness (strong green tea). Also apple skin… Less peaty than on the nose but it gets beautifully rounded after a little time, despite the heavy attack. Long and very pleasant finish, spicy and peppery. 89 points.