Friday 27 September 2013

Tasted #38: Caol Ila 25 year old (#101drams)

The rise and rise of the Whisky bar in Australia has certainly helped me work my way through my list. This tasting comes thanks to Sydney's Baxter Inn...

Caol Ila 25yo (43% ABV, 25yo, OB, Islay Scotland)
Nose: Big peaty hit - I'd expected it to be a bit more muted given the age, and the tendency of big Islay whiskies to "soften" with age. 

Palate: Sweet - raising and apples initially, but eventually turning into hints of leather. There's the age showing!

Finish: Long as you'd expect from a 25yo whisky, but mild and pleasant, without the lingering, heavy peatiness of say an Ardbeg Corryvreckan. Which is consistent with Caol Ilas in general - being slightly more muted overall than the heavy-hitters like the Corryv. Pleasant. 

Rating (on my very non-scientific scale): 92/100. A nice whisky for sure, but not as significantly different (or significantly better) than the standard 12yo in my opinion.

 - Martin.

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