Caol Ila Distillery
Fell apart with water, but fun to tussle with neat.
The Cooper's Choice
1991, 15 Years Old
Year of Bottling
Nose: Tea tree, a handful of peated malted barley. Apple skins and compost. Damp woodland floor and burning wet leaves. Cigarette ash. Turned a bit grubby with water.
Palate: Sweet, then composty, almost like silage.
Finish: Wet ashtrays.
Comment: Fell apart with water, but fun to tussle with neat.
Nose: Clean and limey, scallop shells, brine, fresh salted fish. Slightly plain: hot pebbles on a beach.
Palate: Smoky with light juniper and thyme notes. Sufficient sweetness to offset the sooty smoke.
Finish: Becomes citric, this time lemon, and slightly floral.
Comment: A perfectly decent dram, but just lacks the required interaction between wood and spirit.
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