Caol Ila 12 yo 1997/2010 Chieftain’s

by Oliver Klimek on August 27, 2011

German Oak Finish – 46%

My Tasting Notes

Colour: Dark gold
Nose: Not quite as smoky as you might expect, general maritime freshness combined with banana, lemon zest, toasted almonds and mild spices like cloves or cardamom.
Palate: Here comes the peat, along with the fruit and spice mix already present on the nose.
Finish: Long,  smoky, fruity and spicy.
Overall: The nose requires water to reach full strength, the palate not necessarily. It is an excellent and  rather ‘thick’ Caol Ila that feels a bit older than stated on the label.

Rating: 88/100 – Price Tag $$$$$ – Value for your Money $$$$$

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