Firm and smooth on the palate with sweetness again turning to a sea saltiness. A pleasant, sustained, lightly charred finish. It's usual with cask strength malts to add water, but don't add too much as it can be surprisingly mellow.
"Bold, well-balanced example, most drinkable."Gavin D Smith 2004, Whisky Magazine, Issue 39
Caol Ila Cask Strength works best served in a traditional whisky glass, with a little water.
An even stronger expression of Islay’s character than usual from Caol Ila.
A pure amber tone.
Carbolic, with a beach-bonfire smokiness behind. Then medicinal, lightly floral.
Firm, smooth, medium.
Reduced, smooth and mildly sweet; light acidity and salty. Mild, compared to the flavour at natural strength.
Pleasant, lightly charred. Lingering.
Distillery: Caol IlaTM
Age: Cask Strength
Place of Origin: Port Askaig
in brief… Medicinal, smoky aromas, firm body, sweet-salty smoke.
in a sentence… Spirity, coal-tar and camp fire aromas with a firm, clean taste, sweetness turning to salt, a pleasing finish with charred smoke.
At full strength, Wright’s Coal Tar Soap is the key- note, with a dead beach-bonfire smokiness behind it. This becomes more medicinal – surgical spirit – with a light floral note. Clean as an operating theatre! With water, the medicinal notes are modified to footbaths and plaster of Paris. Surgical spirit no more. The key-note is now damp wool – a freshly shampooed carpet. Some steam engines.
At natural strength, a very sweet start; clean, aggressive, smoky and burning a warm trail down the gullet. Diluted, smooth and mildly sweet to start, with light acidity and heaps of salt. Surprisingly mild, compared to the flavour at natural strength. Don’t add too much water.
"A young, in-your-face style that still has some complexity. Really delivers on the palate."
Dave Broom 2002, Whisky Magazine, Issue 25
"A young cracker. Don't pass this up."
Dave Broom 2004, Whisky Magazine, Issue 39