Caol Ila Distillery
A big malt, but carrying little of the magic that sets Port Ellen apart in this group. A stark reminder of what Islay has lost.
Rare Malts Selection
1977, 20 Years Old
Nose: Fat, oily and lazilly smoky. Slightly kippery with salt and vanilla.
Palate: Sweet at first then a massive oaky intervention which dries the malt. Peat and dark chocolate.
Finish: Dark chocolate digestive biscuits with a peaty, toasty edge. Some saltiness comes through on the clinging, oily finish. Slightly tired oak spoils the balance.
Comment: A big malt, but carrying little of the magic that sets Port Ellen apart in this group. A stark reminder of what Islay has lost.
Nose: Powerfully aromatic. Roasted peppers. Olives. Salt.
Palate: Oily, soothing. Roasted peppers, olives, lemon juice.
Finish: Dry, junipery, vine-leaves, stemmy. Intense, expressive.
Comment: A wonderful aperitif. Who would have thought of a Scotch to precede Greek food?
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