Caol Ila 12 2006 North Star

Everything about Caol Ila, on paper, without trying their whisky spells disaster. It’s massive amounts of whisky pumped out industrially owned by a large company. And yet… dammit if I don’t really enjoy their whisky. So I guess I gotta stop judging books by covers and all that. Oh, how my life would be different. So today I’m reviewing?Caol Ila 12 2006 North Star, a… Continue reading Caol Ila 12 2006 North Star

Caol Ila 19 1974 Signatory Vintage (Feather’s Review Set #19)

So it was my birthday. Since my wife is awesome, she offered to take me to the pub (and take me home! win!) and I could have some drams. I decided that since I was born in 1982, I should have two drams from 1974. What, does that not make sense? Well it sure as shit didn’t make sense to me either, but here we… Continue reading Caol Ila 19 1974 Signatory Vintage (Feather’s Review Set #19)

Caol Ila 26 1988 Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask

Thanks to /u/devoz or /u/xile_ for pouring a sample of this. Alright, so let’s review the second day of tasting: We had a lighter, interesting palette opener, a bombastic Speyside, an Irish that should have helped open another tasting, and a briny, peated Island Scotch. I guess it’s time to have more peat then. Which brings us to Caol Ila 26 1988 Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask. Older peated… Continue reading Caol Ila 26 1988 Càrn Mòr Celebration of the Cask

Caol Ila 15 Unpeated Special Release 2016

Thanks to /u/smoked_herring for the sample. Continuing on the new review series that I’m calling “Caol Ila doesn’t sound like anything I can make a joke about and I need to name a series oh well just don’t write what I just said, yes this part.” We all have secrets. For some of us, it’s as simple as we like to dip fries in ice cream or… Continue reading Caol Ila 15 Unpeated Special Release 2016

Caol Ila 6 2009 Old Malt Cask [Mystery]

Thanks to /u/Ethanized for sending me these mystery samples Mysterious Woods is the first mystery sample (from Ethanized) where I actually start to think about the name and how it relates to the whisky. Was this made using some mysterious casks? Was it some Frankenstein’s monster cask like Amrut Spectrum? Am I reading too much into this and Ethanized just came back from communing with nature? Probably the… Continue reading Caol Ila 6 2009 Old Malt Cask [Mystery]

Three Douglas Laing Double Barrel Offerings

Thanks to /u/cake_my_day for two of these samples. There are blends, blended malts, and vattings. Today we’re going to look at blended malts. Douglas Laing has an entire division devoted to the idea of taking two different whiskies from different distilleries, blending them together, and making something new. But not just two different whiskies. Two different single casks. All done for, and I’m quoting here, “a bit… Continue reading Three Douglas Laing Double Barrel Offerings