Whisky Review: SMWS 53.239 Caol Ila “Ham Hock and Blackcurrant Jam”

[59.7%・ 19 Years Old・Bottled in 2016・SMWS Bottling・Single Cask Release] Nose: The peat smoke politely arrives on scene, smoked trout and iodine fill the room with a touch of anise.  A fireplace getting started by burning scrunched up newspapers. Palate & Finish: Forest berries and sweet peat make for a friendly entry.  A chilli zing brings…

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Whisky Review: Signatory Vintage Caol Ila 1983 Aged 31 Years (Cask Hand Picked By The Whisky Exchange)

Style: Fruity and Dignified Nose: Refreshing and light-hearted fragrance on the nose. Black pepper and sea spray followed by balmy lemon tea. Stew fruits reduced to puree sweetness, almost winey at times. Subtle tropical fruits and apricots. Another whiff of distant sea breeze fluttering through touches of peat smoke. Sweet, balmy and peppery. Very nice.…

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First Impression: Caol Ila Sassicaia Wood Finish 2003

[45.0%・12 Years Old・Distilled in 2003・Bottled in 2016・Gordon & MacPhail Bottling・Limited Release of 4100 Bottles] Nose: Quite naturalistic and primitive with the cowshed vibe laying the groundwork for white pepper and strawberry essence; the fireplace-esque sensation has been kept at bay, with just a hint of creaminess foreboding what’s to come. Palate & Finish: Strawberry cream…

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First Impression: Caol Ila Aged 15 Years “Unpeated Style”

[61.5%・15 Years Old・Bottled in 2016・Official Bottling・Limited Release] Nose: Quite spirity off the mark, juniper berries with an emphasis on the rawness; splashed with notes of blazed oak staves and brine solution.  Slight hint of green apples with a filtered whiff of coal smoke that makes its obligated entry but doesn’t quite give that thrilling sensation. Palate…

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First Impression: Caol Ila Wild & Primitive 1998

[53.4%・18 Years Old・Silvano Samaroli Bottling・Cask 10740] Nose: A soothing wave of peat carries lime essence across, the sea breeze bringing along hint of seaweed, bits of smoked biltong and a sprinkle of sichimi spices. Palate & Finish: A voluminous delivery of lemony oiliness that glides and coats the tastebuds effortlessly, a real showstopper. The peat…

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Whisky Review: Caol Ila Aged 30 Years (Special Release 2014)

Tasting Notes: Caol Ila Aged 30 Years (Special Release 2014) ☆☆ Style: Elegant and Complex Nose: Fragrant pine aroma with fresh tropical fruits notes. Topping with vanilla whipped cream then the drier side slowly revealed itself. Timber shavings and dry spices rising from ashy burnt coal. Coastal peat with a wink of limestone. Palate: A…

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