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Caol Ila

13 Years Old

Specifications
Brand: Caol Ila, Gordon & MacPhail
Expression: 13 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 13 years old
ABV: 43%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Bottled by: Gordon & MacPhail
Awards
Recommended
Issue 153
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Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Soft and gentle. A little ash-laden and has this great smoked note. A cooling log fire then a touch of sweetness with cantaloupe melon and smoked ham. A hint of blue cheese too.
Palate: Oily and very clingy. Smoke well to the front of this. Standing in a ploughed field, so earthy. The fruitiness of olive oil and some gentle spice hits. A touch of saline.
Finish: Sweet and smoky. The liquid form of a smoked bacon sandwich and brown sauce. Delightful.
Comment: Wonderful smoke and sweetness.
9.0
Taster   Sam Coyne
Nose: Smoked meat, Parma ham and a berry compote. Peatiness makes its presence known near the end, as the meat note fades and it becomes vegetal.
Palate: Tropical fruits – flambéed pineapple and pears, grilled banana. Basically smoke and fruit. Lime juice cuts through some of the heavier notes and lightens things up.
Finish: Smokier still, but now bonfires. The sweetness remains in the wings.
Comment: A reassuring dram for late nights on the back.
8.5
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