Caol Ila Connoisseurs Choice 1996 (Scottish Whisky: Islay Single Malt: Bottled 2008 (12yo): 43% ABV)

Visual: Light pale lilac gold.

Viscosity: Fast forming thick trails.

Nose: Salt, hay fields and grassy banks. Light but punchy. Slight rocky and slight light vanilla.

Body: Sweet syrup with decent peat, sea breeze weather. Light sweetness and smooth.

Finish: Wonderful long peat, marshes, yet also a distinct freshness. Not harsh. Burnt oak casks and slight salt.

Conclusion: A lovely light yet forceful dram which mixes a touch of salt with a light comparatively floral sweet whisky. As always Caol Ila makes for a tasty contradiction.

Not the best Caol Ila I’ve had but still a damn good whisky – It speak more for how high the distillery sets the bar than for any flaw in this whisky.

Well worth a slow sample.