Re: Caol Ila 12yr standard?
Well, I wouldn't say that *all* malts have gone down in the last 10 years. Certainly some have as the sales volume has increased...the quality of some of the sherried speysiders is pretty variable these days...Lagavulin 16yr about 4 or so years ago was lacking in it's trademark power, and Bowmore turned into coughdrop-tasting crap IMO. But Ardbeg 10 has consistently improved, Bruichladdich's second 15yr is finally worth buying, their 3D series I really liked, Highland Park turned their originally feinty-hot 15yr into a good malt, etc. There's good with the bad of course.