Simply Delicious. — 5 years ago
The mildest of the Diageo peated whiskies I've had so far. Definitely not the campfire peat monsters of Ardbeg, or the distinct maritime peat of Talisker, or the more medicinal peat of Lagavulin... The peat here comes off as sweet and aromatic, almost like incense. The body seems to be the lightest of the lot too (comparing apples and apples), although it's hard to say without seeing them all next to each other (definitely lighter than the Ardberg and even Glen Elgin here). Palate flavours are subtle in the Caol Ila, but citrus notes come through clearly. Finishes a touch short with a sort of grassy earthy quality that I quite enjoy. Not a blockbuster whisky, yet I find it quite drinkable.
NB: Better mixed 1:1 with the Ardbeg Wee Beastie. Seems to balance out the extreme smoke of the Ardberg, drawing out lovely saline notes. — 2 years ago
What a powerhouse whiskey! Smoke and citrus hit you like a core sample that somehow burgeons into thick smoke with a saline and jalapeño essence unraveling it’s lemon, tangerine and orchard fruits wrapped in sweet tobaccos. There is a mild sweetness that tames the heat with vanilla, chili pepper, almond biscuit and brown sugar, but the core never wavers, and the smoke never clears. A true bonfire on the beach! #talisker #scotch #IsleofSkye — 5 years ago
Smoky, sea breeze, spices. — 2 years ago
Good effort from Talisker. Definitely taste the famous fire. — 3 years ago
Bought in Niseko Hokkaido in late January 2018. My first purchase of a Japanese Malt Whisky and I was mightily impressed. No small claim from a McDonald who loves Talisker Laphroig and Lagavulin!!! Compared with the Hibiki I bought duty free this Ichiros Malt was more sooty and tarry but ever so smooth. Reminiscent of Drambuie. Orange Peel and damp straw. Big price difference unfortunately. About $100 in Niseko and about $200 to $250 in Australia. — 5 years ago
Stop it. My scotches are Islay and my bourbons are very small batches yet this is the happy medium. The sweetness and oak that a good bourbon brings yet the forward peat-smoke of an Islay. Incredibly not disappointed in this bottle. — 6 years ago