Am keeping my eyes on the CS stock at the LCBO. It has been discontinued - all 3 OB's are discontinued - and I might pick up a bottle if the price goes down enough.
Lord P., if you really like the Dun Bheagan 8yr with all it's rough edges, I recommend the Caol Ila CS bottling. Right now it's $90 and going down. At $75, I'm getting a bottle.
I'm looking forward to trying them both when I finally purchase the second bottle. As of yet I haven't tried any Caol Ila, so hitting them both in the same evening will be a fun experience.
I had my first dram this evening, and although I had read some less than glowing notes on it, I was impressed.
Nose: Peat, an undertone of citrus and just a hint of flat water;
Taste: Lovely sweet fruit opening, mild peat and lightly smoked fish, then comes on spicy in the finish;
Finish: Medium long, lingering sweet fruits, over taken by a peppery spiciness. The peat, does not play much role in the finish, but more in the middle.
Not as aggresive as the 12 in my memory, will taste them beside each other later, perhaps this week.
Bullie wrote:I've had several excellent independant bottlings, and I prefer the G&MP Cask Strenght series 1991. And the new Caol Ila Highland 8yo CS OB is brilliant.
I have also found the young G and M bottelings wonderful (I have bought the G and M Binnys casks, from binnys in Chicago.). Wonderful brightness of the peat. I also love the 12 y/o, which I can get for $25 when I come back in the country from travel to Central America.
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