.caol ila – douglas laing – young and feisty

46% abv, €60, single malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: lots of peat smoke at first. Young and feisty is a good descriptor with the scent of wet malt coming through the peat. It is also very briny and has some seaweed, salty bacon and sweet, red berries
Palate: spicy and sweet, salted chocolate with caramel chunks – without the chunks, hot white pepper and slightly dry
Finish: dry, sweet, spicy and they have invented smoked caramel
Mark: +++++

Conclusion: Quaffable. Very quaffable, a bit steap on the price though for a young, watered down Caol Ila. You can get a similar one for a better price.

More info: Distilled in 2009, matured in two refill hogsheads and bottled 2014.

First dram of the #BigPeat twitter tasting.

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