Sunday, 8 March 2009

CAOL ILA 12 years old 43%

Very oily as to be expected. Beneath the thickness of the oil, dwell sweet peat and shades of black pepper.

Initially the oil dwarfs everything else. Gradually a complex interplay between malt and peat rises from the fog. All this eventually adds upp to an almost mushroom-like character. Odd.

At last, peat that is neither too sweet nor too dry, gets the full rein. Long, complex and life-affirming.

For my money this is the best of the current standard peat monsters. That extreme oiliness could deter some, however.

Rating: 8/10

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