Caol Ila, a 43% ABV single malt Scotch Whisky from the Islay region, has a strong smoke and peat scent. Also in evidence is kelp and a faint hint of iodine. The nose seems very much in line with other Islays; no real surprises here.
To the palate as with the nose, the peat and the smoke are the most pronounced flavors. There is an almost buttery flavor that hits the roof of the mouth, and the finish is distinctly peat. The mouth feel is on the lighter side, though there certainly is more than a hint of body. Despite this being a Scotch, I can’t help but be reminded of Chardonnay as I sip.
Caol Ila is a good “value” offering from the Islay region, as the price tends to be somewhat lower than many of the competing regional whiskys. All in all this is certainly worth tasting, though my personal preference is to step up to Talisker which is done in a similar style.