Reggaeblues wrote:Sorry to pour water in your whisky 900, but...
if you "can't stand" Laphroaig I'd be very surprised if you liked Caol Ila. If as you say your palate is "not educated enough yet" then CI is probably quite similar. If on the other hand it's something other than the medicinal in yer face-ness of Laphroaig you don't like, and you enjoy, say, Ardbeg and Lagavulin, then perhaps the subtle differences of CI will appeal to you, and you're more educated than you think!
...but to those uninitiated in the world of peatsmoke, I'd say a cask strength would be a daunting place to start!
Caol Ila is usually much lighter and there are some sweet ones out there. The Distillers edition, finished in moscatel wood, is wonderfully complex. CI is not a one big punch whisky like Laphroaig.
Spot on, BC.
If forced to two categories, I'm curious (generalizing), would those of you familiar with more recent distillery bottles place Caol Ila closer in relationship to a very smoke-peated Bruichladdich
or a Laphroaig Lite
? On a smoking-gun level, Laphroaig Lite fits, but to me personally, Caol Ila's recent OBs offer some fruit not completely unlike that found in tha' Laddies.
It's merely 1 opinion, but without better descriptions as to specifically what isn't likable with Laphroaig, I would not automatically assume a malt enthusiast would also dislike Caol Ila - especially if considering the profiles of current OB releases. Now, private / indie bottles of Caol Ila can be quite a different number.