Caol Ila Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 year old

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Caol Ila Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 year old

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Appearance: Pale straw. Nose: little water raises almond oil and old fashioned oilskins; still a fresh fruitiness (lychees?), a trace of olive oil, and after a while potpourri or scented hand-soap. Palate: Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel; with water light acidity, some salt and still the sweeter notes. A complex balance of primary tastes. Body: Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel: firm with a light to medium body. Finish: Sweet smokiness in the lingering, slightly sour finish. Serve: To enjoy, simply serve the 12 Year Old Caol Ila neat in a rocks glass, adding ice or a splash of water to taste. Pairings: The tapenade brings out Caol Ila's smoke and salt notes, while the mix of capers and herbs accentuates the vegetal flavours.
Category Single Malt Scotch
Region United Kingdom, Scotland, Islay
Brand Caol Ila
Alcohol/vol 43%
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Wine EnthusiastA seductive brininess and waves of oily peat-reek greet the olfactory sense. The palate entry finds a surprisingly buttery-creamy leaning along with the peat-reek; at midpalate the flavor becomes concentrated, oily, malty sweet, and only moderately peaty. Ends on a sweet malty note. Builds from stage to stage, each phase being better than the last. Best Buy.

August 1, 2005

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