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Caol Ila 1997 12 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Caol Ila 1997 12 Years Old

Brand
Caol Ila
Expression
1997 12 Years Old
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
12 years old
Abv
57.60%
Vintage
1997
Produced at
Caol Ila Distillery
Region
Islay

Dave Broom

78
Nose
Clean and a little buttery - think clotted cream toffee - then comes wet grass and gentle fruits. With water, choux pastry (profiterole) and custard tarts.
Palate
Prickly when neat with sweet white fruits, milk chocolate and grassiness.
Finish
Clean and lively.
Comment
All very poised and pleasant, but apart from its unusual provenance (an unpeated Caol Ila) not exceptional.

Martine Nouet

80
Nose
Smoky, earthy. Slightly medicinal. Malt four. Hint of smoked haddock. Clover honey. Quite complex. With water, a mineral note.
Palate
Smooth and sweet at start then a spicy fizzy burst.
Finish
Medium, soothing on gentle spices.
Comment
A well structured peaty character, balanced with an enticing malty sweetness. Surprisingly water tends to harden it.
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