Not instantly welcoming, this takes time to get to know... but it is worth the effort. Subtle complexities at work.
1979, 25 Years Old, Special Release
Year of Bottling
Standard (Distillery or blended)
Nose: Light and grassy, then some Arbroath smokie. Lightly perfumed (sage, juniper?) with a vanilla lift, hot sand, ash-like smoke. Good balance and intensity. Needs water.
Palate: The sweetness continues. Light fruits, some creaminess. Quite firm without water.
Finish: Dry, long, lightly grassy. Ash.
Comment: Not instantly welcoming, this takes time to get to know... but it is worth the effort. Subtle complexities at work.
Nose: Lemon, tiger balm, eucalyptus, lime, citrus flavoured bathroom cleaner.
Palate: Some buttery character, but fairly woody and with a dirty smoke.
Comment: Old, phenolic but just not pleasant enough for me. I think I just prefer Caol Ila young.
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