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Caol Ila 'Cask Strength'

(61.6%, OB, NAS, 2009*)
Average Score: 87
Bottle Profile
TypeScotch Single Malts (Disclosed Distilleries)
DistilleryCaol Ila
Bottler Official Bottling
Brand NameCaol Ila
Bottling NameCask Strength
Alcohol By Volume61.6%
Average Score87

Maniac Ratings
Craig Daniels87
Oliver Klimek86

Tasting Notes
Craig DanielsColour: 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 KlimekColour: 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.