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Caol Ila 12 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Caol Ila 12 Years Old

Brand
Caol Ila
Expression
12 Years Old
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
12 years old
Abv
43.00%
Produced at
Caol Ila Distillery
Region
Islay
Website
www.malts.com
Availability
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Martine Nouet

Nose
Lively. Marine. Morning sea-breeze. Wet rocks. Phenolic. Warm tar. Cough medicine. Burning seaweed.
Palate
Round, mellow. A full bite of sea-shore. Hint of scallop. Smoked mackerel. Salty. Smokiness comes in the back.
Finish
Spicy, lingering, dry on cold ashes. Smoked oysters.
Comment
A balanced expression of peat in this version. A lot of intricate aromas in this dram.

Dave Broom

Nose
Crisp. Hot-smoked salmon, wet seaweed, smoked paprika. New aromas of parma violet, liquorice, wet canvas shoes.
Palate
Soft and clean. The smoke teases you at the front, then erupts in middle and back. What is most noticeable is how the middle has fleshed out.
Finish
Blackberry leaf. Beach bonfire. Smoky.
Comment
Better balance than the cask strength. The peat is at same level, but a greater range of aromatics has been brought out. Complexity emerges.
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