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Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:25 pm

Hi Ryan
53.109 - sounds like a nice dram you have there.
Dram #2 is back to its best without any water.
Enjoy
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:27 pm

Ganga wrote:Yes, but we use whole numbers. So a decision must be made as to 5 or 6. There is a little more freedom here to express where exactly that "5" is.


That makes sense, thanks for the explanation. :D
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:28 pm

Dram fine idea wrote:Hi Ryan
53.109 - sounds like a nice dram you have there.
Dram #2 is back to its best without any water.
Enjoy
Steve


Yes, and yours sounds very nice as well.
Cheers! :D
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:29 pm

Hi Nick
How long have you had 53.37?
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:29 pm

Caol Ila 13 yo #4

Caol Ila
1990 13 yo
Sweet oiliness (not quite diesel, light malt and straw
pleasant peatiness and oiliness, hints of dk chocolate and lemons, iodine
Long and warming. a little bit of spiciness
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Light Straw
54

13 Years Old
1990
46%
Signatory

Single Malt
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No
No
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Please do not reproduce or copy this tasting note without permission.

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:30 pm

Cheers Everyone! I have a party to attend and I have to step away for a while. Possibly be back later with the all nighters! :D

I really enjoyed this! :D :D :D
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:32 pm

Do tell Nick? And did you open that new bottle...YET. :thumbsup:
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:42 pm

Enjoying a dram of the Glenfarclas 11 yo for Travesero. Wonderful. I still think I'm being a little influenced by the CIs as I'm getting a wonderful little smoked bacon in the background of all the sherriness.
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:51 pm

I have now torn myself away from dram 2 and moved on to number 3

Dram 3 - Douglas Laing Old & Rare Bottled for the Whisky Shop, Caol Ila 28 yo 54.2%, distilled Feb 79, bottled Sept 07, 261 bottles

Nose - Old friend peat smoke, but also a candy sweetness (new for me) and a definite mint character. Enticing. No nose prickle. I'm enjoying the nose!
Taste - If I must(joke), oaky like you'd expect (distinguishing, not unpleasant), peat coming through, then a salty character which really gets me salivating
Finish - Gentle, warming, spices lingering, very pleasant and soothing indeed, touch of cleansing and cooling peppermint at the death once the peat smoke has had its say
Comment - Superb. 10/10 on the Ganga scale. Whisky for the major gods.
I will sleep very well tonight having met this friend!
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:04 pm

DFI, that sounded like a lovely whisky. I kind of like the minty/candy cane/peppermint that I've been finding in the Caol Ilas.

Made my own vatting: a'bunadh batch 11 with Laphroaig 10 (43%). Very interesting. I'll get back to you on this.
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:05 pm

Hi Nick

Yes, it's a belter. I usually like CI quite young (8-12) but this one really has opened my eyes. Only available at The Whisky Shop chain. I only have a wee sample, full bottle probably about £150

Lucky me, I know and I give thanks to the whisky gods for being so kind to me!

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:10 pm

Now there is a good man, giving homage to the Wisky Gods.
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:15 pm

Very interesting little vatting. The Aberlour sherry casks come through way up front: sweet, caramel, fruity. The you get the Laphroaig: medicinal, peaty, smokey for the finish. The spiciness fromt he Aberlour is mostly eaten up but there is just a hint on the tail end of the finish.
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:21 pm

Hi Ganga

Thanks for your reply - very interesting vatting. My previous experience of an older whisky was Glenury Royal (31 year old from Signatory) - the oak dominated and put me off older whiskies. In this CI it is there but not overbearing.

Slange
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:21 pm

Yes and know. There are certainly aspects that remind me of Caol Ila. I find it more representative of the Sig Dumpy sherry casked Ardbegs.
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:23 pm

I've go four glasses :o

And they're all empty :shock:

Need to go in search of a whisky.
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:26 pm

Hi Ganga

"Now there is a good man, giving homage to the Wisky Gods."

I find it important to give praise where it is due, amen to that!

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:48 pm

That's me for the night, I've enjoyed contributing to the forum, a very enjoyable experience, certainly enjoyed my drams

Take care, till the next time (keep on dramming)
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:51 pm

Thank you for the contributions. And remember to vote for next months tasting. Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Macallan.
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:00 pm

So long as someone shows up, it is worth the effort.

So I say thank you for coming and contributing and also your welcome.
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:25 am

Great job indeed Ganga, thanks for the effort put forth monthly to organize the tastings. I really enjoyed this! :D
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby blawder » Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:50 am

Damn. I finally get here and all the brits and scots are asleep and the yanks are... well... doing whatever we do.
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:55 am

:evil: :twisted: :evil: :coffee: :twisted: :evil: :evil: :oops: :evil: :twisted: :headbang:

I forgot about the tasting, fell asleep very early. Will read the thread now, hope you had a nice time.
Anybody in for a retasting tonight?

Just read the thread and it look like a very nice tasting, I missed something!
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Dram fine idea » Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:13 am

Hi Ganga

Thanks very much for the effort put into organising last night's tasting - much appreciated. I have voted Macallan for next month, chosen Friday 16, second choice would be Sat 17, but all dates should be good for me.

Cheers
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Matt2 » Sun Apr 20, 2008 3:21 pm

:oops: Sorry everyone, I didn't get back in time to set this up and no time to get samples. I will do better for the next one .... But it looks like you all had a good evening anyway.

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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:26 am

Bloody typical that I'm away the weekend that we do one of my favourite malts. Spent Saturday night in the company of my family watching an Elvis impersonator. :o

He was good and we had great fun, but I'd rather have been here. :) I took a hip flask of the 64.9% unpeated CI so that I could be with you in spirit though. Ah well, next time.
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby Ryguy » Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:39 pm

Willie JJ, you were missed. :(

Hopefully we'll see you for next months tasting!! :D
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby TheTross » Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:54 pm

Yeah, I also missed this one unfortunately - second successive time I've dipped out on the live tastings! :twisted:. Oh well, I'll hopefully be around for the next one - especially if it turns out to be Lagavulin...
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Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008

Postby blawder » Tue Apr 22, 2008 3:58 am

And for all my excitement... and purchase of 12yo and 18yo... I was called away BOTH NIGHTS... still enjoying the malts, though.

Looking forward to next month...
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