Berrys' Own Selection

Caol Ila

1996

ABV 57%
REVIEWED Issue 58
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Specifications
Brand: Caol Ila, Berrys' Own Selection, Berry Bros. & Rudd
Expression: 1996
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2006
ABV: 57%
Country/Region: Scotland / Islay
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Tasting notes
Taster   Arthur Motley
Nose: Grape juice carbolic, vanilla pannacotta and chocolate limes. With more time an intense earthiness comes through, with moss and seaweed thrown in.
Palate: Earth, spice and vanilla. Smoked fish rolled in ash. A little simple, and too dominated by that earthy, sphagnum character.
Finish: Peppercorn spice.
Comment: Distinctive, and not the usual Caol Ila, and Talisker fans should find this one fun.
7.8
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Aromatic and fresh with, initially, a touch of the dentist's surgery, then linden tree blossom. In time it conjures up an image of chewing a grass stalk next to a dying bonfire as someone passes you an oatcake with smoked mackerel paté on it.
Palate: Well balanced. The peat slides through the Germoline. Sweet mid-palate with light grassiness.
Finish: A little short.
Comment: Intense and in character. A fairly simple Caol Ila but a goody.
7.8
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Caol Ila Distillery, Port Askaig, Isle of Islay , Islay, Scotland
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