Caol Ila - 17 Year Old Special ReleaseDistant Light Smoke
Bright gold in sunlight.
Reserved; at first fruity, with zesty orange or mandarin, then slowly becoming sweeter and denser with malt and hard toffee, and fresh, creamy vanilla. There's a balancing, lightly smoked and fresh-clean aroma too, backed by drier notes of newsprint and grainy cereal. Later, hints of moss, or crusty sourdough bread.
Medium to rich body.
A dash of water unusually produces a prickly nose-feel and makes the aromas more accessible, as fruitcake, wood smoke and caramel,salt on a sea breeze, and sweet honey and lemon.
Medium to long finish, warming and coating, with dark chocolate, an appetising bitter-sweetness, distant light smoke and a touch of salt.
With water, gently comforting, with a lingering. Cooling aftertaste of Szechuan pepper.