By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/19/2012 | Send Email
Oh Caol ila. This stupendous little distillery cranks out more booze than any other Islay Distillery. While I want to categorize their whisky less than others because they produce so much, the honest truth is that the whisky can be exceptional. Obviously, peat is the name of the game here although this isn't an iodine and paint thinner style. It's the earthy, brush fire, flint and pepper. On the palate, healing herbs, anise and sage, with just the tiniest hint of bitter lemon peel. This boy can swim too. The addition of water brings the citrus up as well as the anise. Pernod with a twist of lemon, actually more like lemon with a splash Pernod. Perhaps, lemon sherbet with some mezcal drizzled on top. Water is really necessary to get the lemon, but if you like this citrus and smoke style of Caol Ila you'll love this.