The KOTQ has enjoyed 7 tastings from the Caol Ila distillery

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Caol Ila Islay 1846 – Today Johnnie Walker (Black), Black Bottle, Bell’s
       
Status Ownership Water Source Production
Active Diageo Loch Nam Ban 3,650,000 liters/year
       
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CAOL ILA Distiller Edition Double Matured 15Q1 – CAOL ILA 12 Distiller Edition Double Matured [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Lakeview
Like the nose better than the Caol Ila 12 yo
Really like this…it is what the Caol Ila 12 traditional aspires to be.
15Q1-Lakeview
March 7th, 2015

CAOL ILA yo 05Q3 – CAOL ILA 12 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Salty, woody butter
Light
Pepper
Warm and long, a little hot
05Q3-Tao
October 1st, 2005
Bop
Light Peat
Light
Light breezy
Smooth, smart
Too light for an ‘Islay’ experience
05Q3-Tao
October 1st, 2005
Irving
Campfire, light, little hot
Thin
Woody, immature, raw grassy
Minty, raw smoke
Needs more age
05Q3-Tao
October 1st, 2005
Lakeview
Grassy, Smokey, Salty
A brief burst of pepper and heat
Rather smooth compared to the rest of the experience
After Brother Bop’s convincing argument, I thought this was Caol Ila as well, but thought it was the 18 year expression because of the fairly smooth finish…
05Q3-Tao
October 1st, 2005
VIlle
Light gold
Peat, wood, smoke
Solid, firm
Warm, soft, mellow
Short, tart
Islay is special!!!
05Q3-Tao
October 1st, 2005

CAOL ILA yo 15Q1 – CAOL ILA 12 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Lakeview
Interesting, I’d buy it at its current price point but not rushing to buy it vs. others available between $55 and $60. A bit of a letdown relative to the preceding 4 whiskys tasted tonight.
15Q1-Lakeview
March 7th, 2015

CAOL ILA yo 07Q1 – CAOL ILA 18 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

CAOL ILA yo 09Q1 – CAOL ILA 24 yo [Douglas Laing bottling at Standard Strength]

CAOL ILA yo 11Q2 – CAOL ILA 25 yo [Distillery bottling at Cask Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Oceany smoky fun
Luscious smoke and smooth peat
Had a small amount so went cask and it was a bit hot
11Q2-Lakeview
June 4th, 2011

CAOL ILA yo 00Q2 – CAOL ILA 7 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bop
Silvery
Ammonia
Choppy (powdery)
Strong – confused
Bitter, sticky ascendant in direction
The 1st scotch I ever had that required a cleansing.
00Q2-Lakeview
May 26th, 2000
Centennial
White
Full
Pungent
00Q2-Lakeview
May 26th, 2000
Cyclone
Light silky / marbled
Plain – salty this time
Young
Milky feathery
Easygoing, long salty aftertaste
00Q2-Lakeview
May 26th, 2000
Irving
Colorless
Like grain alcohol
Hot, single dimensional
Full mouth, spring flowers
Sits there
00Q2-Lakeview
May 26th, 2000
Lakeview
“Sprite”
Weak/light
Pixy Stix
Nice – Woodsy / Juicy sticky
Interesting – really light. I’d love the 10 year probably.
00Q2-Lakeview
May 26th, 2000
Tao
Pale white
Slight
Kate Moss
Very smooth with alcohol
Sharp
00Q2-Lakeview
May 26th, 2000