Review by the Whiskey Wash:
"Caol Ila Distillery stands on the northeast coast of the isle of Islay, overlooking Jura across the Sound of Islay. As with other producers reviewed here, this distilling operation provides Johnnie Walker with single malts with which to create their blends. In addition, the distillery offers a modest selection of their own single malts. Being from Islay, Caol Ila does indeed produce heavily peated whiskies such as the one reviewed here, as well as unpeated offerings. This version is bottled at — you guessed it — a standard 40% ABV (80 proof).
Vital Stats: 40% ABV (80 proof), aged eight years, 100% malted barley.
Appearance: Golden honey and amber in tone. Medium legs.
Nose: Peaty, smokey, saltiness. This is clearly not the non-peated eight year old. Peat, earth, dirt, sea salt, sea weed, damp charred oak.
Palate: Salt and peat, just as with the nose. Notes of figs, toffee, peppercorn, and more peat smoke. Coal dust. Ash. Very soft burn. More of a prickle. Flash of peppermint and menthol late in the finish. Ash lingers."
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