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Caol Ila 14 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Caol Ila 14 Years Old

Brand
Caol Ila
Expression
14 Years Old
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
14 years old
Abv
59.30%
Produced at
Caol Ila Distillery
Region
Islay
Availability
Specialist retailers

Martine Nouet

73
Nose
Grassy. Wet straw. fruity, delicate. Custard, fruit yoghurt. Fresh with a zesty hint. Moss. With water, polished floor. Distant smoke.
Palate
Round and sweet at start then dries with a fizzy feel. Alcohol is slightly biting. Baked apples.
Finish
Dry and spicy. A grassy aftertaste.
Comment
The palate does not have the nose delicacy. Water tones the alcohol down but brings out astringency. A Caol Ila? I would never have guessed.

Rob Allanson

82
Nose
Young and spirity, a certain amount of acetate, pear drops, film cases. Pine notes, grilled pineapple. Fresh sharp tobacco, a pipe smoked in the distance, green leaves, mango skin.
Palate
Sharp and sweet, honeycomb crunch. Space saucer sweets filled with sherbert. Those fruit notes are here as well, lurking.
Finish
Long and spiced.
Comment
The alcohol needs taming to reveal its lush lovely side.
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