Caol Ila 1983 – Jean Boyer

Rating: 8 out of 10

Nose: by my book, this is in the category ‘as good as it gets’. Balanced and delicate, estery and peaty. Both light and heavy. Fruits: banana, apple. Waxy and mineraly too. Sweet notes of vanilla, mixed with something oily and green, and a distant hint of medicinal herbs and licorice root. Toasted bread too. And of course a good dose of crisp peat. Also some farmyard smells. Very, very nice.
Mouth: here is where it looses some points. Starts of sweet and chisseled, but immediately after that, there’s a heavily soapy note to it, that I don’t like. I don’t mind whiskies being estery, but I just can’t stand the taste of bubble blowing soap. It’s not overpowering or anything, it’s just very much ‘there’. More crispy peaty notes, something resinous.
Finish: long, sweet and peaty, with quite some heat.

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