Caol Ila Distillery
Austere but with a restrained power.
1979, Aged 25 Years
Year of Bottling
Nose: Firm. Sun-baked bare rock, acetone, then medicinal. Water releases peat smoke, juniper and marine character.
Palate: Beach bbq, creosote. Becomes very medicinal. Clean with some softening vanilla creaminess in the centre of the palate.
Finish: Explosive. The phenolics appear. Fish oil.
Comment: Austere but with a restrained power.
Nose: Phenols. Creosote. Briny. Burning dried seaweeds. Lemon essence. Restrained smoke. Like the vapour rising from hot bitumen after a storm.
Palate: Sweet and malty. Very oily. Crystallized violets. Liquorice losenges. Refreshing. Kippers.
Finish: Dry. Vanilla breaks through. The smoke disappears gradually.
Comment: An attractive character. Phenolic but with much more.
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