at $58 it's not exactly cheap, but it's affordable if others give some positive feedback.
Has anyone sampled this 'new to the US' bottling?
Thanks in advance.
Sean Lewis in California
I was in Toronto last week and while stocking up on Lagavulin 12 Cask Strength I grabbed a bottle of the Caol Ila 18. It is very enjoyable and a real contrast to the Lagavulin (for an Islay). I don't have my tasting notes available - but do remember that it was very enjoyable - bright, fresh and subtle and not a peat monster. I would recommend the 18 if you see it.
The Caol Ila Cask Strength does not make any reference to age. I am curious to here Harry's comments - especially of he puts it up against the mighty Lag.
SELewis wrote:Yesterday I was visiting my local Beverages & More and saw an interesting Caol Ila 12yo....I've never seen it before. I'm a big fan of the Islays, esp. Lagavulin and Laphroaig.
Interesting. I just bought a bottle of the Caol Ila 1990 Signatory 13yo from BevMo. It was good but not worth $55.99 so long as I can stock up on Ardbeg 10yo at $42.99 or Laphroaig 10yo at $29.99. The Caol Ila 1990 Reminds me of a tamed down Lagavulin 12yo CS.
http://www.bevmo.com/productinfo.asp?sk ... ea=spirits
The Caol Ila Single Malt 18yo looks like a bargain at 69.99... will have to visit my local BevMo and check it out
Lawrence wrote:I tried the Caol Ila 12 in Scotland last month and was not impressed, it was vaguely fishing, quite unpleasant.
The 18 is impressive, I have an extra bottle tucked away.
There is a stronger, peatier, smokier one available called 'Auld Reekie' from Duncan Taylor and co. It's 46%, unchilfiltered and cheaper.
There is also a whisky called Pibroch which is very crisp, which I assume is Caol Ila, and it's available from the Highlands and Islands whisky company based in Glasgow.
Those are both more impressive than the official Caol Ila.
Other ones i would recommend are :-
Any SMWS one , from 7yo to 20yo , all have been exceptional.
John McDougalls 12yo Golden Cask ones , on par with the SMWS ones.
Coopers Choice, outstanding 8yo a few years ago.
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