Monday, 12 November 2012

Caol Ila 31 yo (1981/2012) Carn Mor. 55.3%

Something special, this.

Incredibly lively and ester-y on the nose, for its age. Only a faint hint of smoke.

Mouth kicks in with various fruit flavours, including grapefruit and pineapple. There's surprising tropical-ness here: almost Um Bongo. Very little oakiness.

The finish is smooth and long, with the various tropical flavours jostling good-naturedly. The peat remains subdued.

On a second tasting the smoke comes through a little more noticeably, but nothing unpleasant or medicinal about it: fragrant applewood.

Generally I'm sceptical that any whisky is worth more than three figures— the decoupling of price from value at the higher end just becomes exponentially ridiculous. But it's whisky like this that necessitates use of the word 'generally'...

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