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. — a month ago
Without hesitation one of the great sparkling wines I’ve had in recent years, including those of Champagne, Wiston Estate’s flagship 2015 Cuvée Brut is a simply outstanding wine in a wholly different league to their NV Brut.
Deep coloured and intensely aromatic from the get-go, the wine is medium to full bodied with an incredibly complex array of both flavour and texture on the palate. The pattern of acidity (in this case, truly like a lime has been juiced at the back of your mouth) is very British, but the autolysis lends so much more to this wine and sets it aside from much of the English fizz I’ve tried to date.
To know that this wine was produced from just nine year-old vines is so, so exciting. Along with the estate’s 2014 Cuvée Rosé, this is a benchmark for English wine. Hats off to winemaker Dermot Sugrue. — 16 days ago
Peated nose (of course!), along with a hint of dates. Peat and heat at the start, with slight notes of sea greens. Finishes with brown sugar sweetness. — 21 days ago