|Craig Daniels||Colour: pale straw/lemon highlights
Nose: Smoked almonds, smoked beef, smoked bacon, ointment, chargrilled fatty lamb, then smoked orange and orange cordial, orange blossom. Palate: peat, orange, tarred citrus fruit, white rubber.
Finish: charred orange then tar, ashes, burnt orange peel, charred wood, charcoal, burnt steel.
Comment; Lacking a little subtlety but pretty close to excellent with just too much orange and tar. Tasted again as a blind on 24 August 2011. Thought it was an independent bottling of Ardbeg. Got more lemon peel rather than orange this time, but the white rubber and tar is still there along with sweet malt and vanilla bourbon wood. Score was identical. |
|Oliver Klimek||Colour: Pale straw -
Nose: Very intense, smoked ham, iodine, seaweed, cloves. -
Palate: Strong peat, honey, lemon, cloves, a hint of licourice. -
Finish: Very long, sweet and peaty. -
Overall: Even though it has no age statement, the Caol Ila CS is a significant step up in quality from the regular 12 yo. Very complex with a slight sweetness that works very well together with the peat. |