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One of the best Unpeated Caol Ila's so far (as of 2011), this is a stunning whisky, distilled in 1999 and aged in first fill ex bourbon American oak casks. Really very good indeed! A release of 6,000 bottles.
Nose: An old-fashioned tuck shop greats the nostrils; sherbet, Refreshers sweets and various boiled items in jars (the kind that shatter your teeth instantly). There’s also an assortment of “Cinema Snacks” – mainly chocolate-coated raisins and toffee popcorn. Hints too of walnut, ginger and mace.
Palate: Very rich (and at 64%abv that means VERY rich), offering up stem ginger in syrup, parma violets, lemon meringue pie, chili and melted rum & raisin ice cream.
Finish: Long and sublimely sweet with exotic spices and pear juice.
Overall: A recurring theme of almost soapy parma violets seems to be popping up! A very unusual Caol Ila, and certainly one of the best Unpeated Caol Ilas we’ve had.
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I think of this Scottish "wine" as one of the best Caol Ila unpeated sofar! I'm by far not as good with words as you guys from MoM, I do understand (and have experienced) your wording of the tasting note and only missed one word, to be added: marshmellows.
16th November 2014
Amazing and noteworthy. Simple flavors, yet satisfying to drink. 2 of the 4 bottles I bought have been hidden on the back shelf.
6th December 2011