Re: Caol Ila Live Tasting - April 19, 2008
Started a wee bit earlier with a few O.B.'s , all are very oily , here are the notes so far.......
Expression - 15yo Floral & Forna O.B.
Age - 15yo
Colour - Polished Gold
Nose - Very Weak , Slight Medicinal , Smoke .
Palate - Again Slight Medicinal , seaweed , sea air .
Finish - Long and pepperminty .
Comment - Oily in the Glass , Still very disappointing and weak compared to I.B. Caol Ilas .
Expression - 12yo O.B.
Age - 12yo
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - Touch Medicinal , peat at first but seems to fade , Islay Seashore .
Palate - Light on the palate , at first , damp peat , the iodine just scrapes through .
Finish - medium finish with a slight pepperiness .
Comment - Again Oily but still a major disappointment this one , can't get away with it at all , weak compared to others ?
Expression - 18yo O.B.
Age - 18yo
Colour - Greeny Gold
Nose - Grassy with a touch of peat smoke .
Palate - Doesn't taste like a Caol Ila , more like a weak Talisker , a wee bit of white pepper , all the medicinal is gone by this age .
Finish - Medium to long finish , very warming , Humbugs ?
Comment - Not really a bad dram , balanced , decent enough but not one of my Favourites .
Expression - Cask strength O.B.
Age - 10yo?
Colour - Pale Straw .
Nose - Takes a little while to open up but when it does....... Peat , smoke , Seashore , the old Bonfire on the beach , Germolene (medicinal) .
Palate - Very Complex , Peat , creamy fudge , touch of fruit , Almost like an Ardbeg Still Young !
Finish - Long , warming , Medicinal , creamy , peaty.......
Comment - Wow ! a step up from the 12 and 18 , very enjoyable , a "proper" Coal Ila !
Expression - Natural Cask Strength O.B.
Age - 10yo?
ABV - 59.3%
Colour - Pale Straw
Nose - Nose tingling , pure hospital , medicinal ! Grassy with it .
Palate - Peat , smoke , seashore iodine , not as creamy as the previous version .
Finish - Incredibly long , hot finish . Peppery , right at the last moment - slight immature finish compared to the last one ..
Comment - Not as balanced as the "Cask Strength" but the extra strength gives it a bit more of a kick .
Expression - Natural Cask Strength 25yo O.B.
Age - 1978 25yo
ABV - 59.4
Colour - Polished Gold .
Nose - Really , Really Medicinal , Germolene (antiseptic) , a touch of Smoke lingers there as well .
Palate - Wonderful , Really powerful , peppery , spicy , iodine . Yeehaa!
Finish - Not as long as the previous one , very warming , peppery .
Comment - Why aren't the 12 and 18yo like this one , probably one of the best O.B.'s Ever !