An Old Friend (Caol Ila - Connoisseurs Choice 1996)
In the review of Taichi Yamada's book "Strangers" I mentioned an old friend. So it is only fair to introduce you.
Caol Ila is a malt from Scottish Isle of Islay, & Caol Ila (Cull-eela) is gaelic for the sound of Islay. Those familiar with whiskys from this magic island will already have thoughts of peat smoke, of briny oily aromas, of that intense & pungent medicinal character from this whisky. It has all this but cutting through is a honeyed sweetness that is almost too much yet just as you think those thoughts incomes a smokiness that dries out the sweetness almost completely leaving just a slight taste on the tip of the tongue, whilst the rest of your mouth is left with a wondrous lingering peaty smoke.