We’re more than half way and although I am still not in the top 15 of the competition, I think it is a bit of consolidation that the number one on the list only has 416 points of a possible 1000. Apparently I am not the only one having trouble guessing the right distillery.
At first this one was pretty nasty with a massive hit of alcohol and an incredibly sharp burn in my nose. White spirit (the version you keep in the shed) and such. After a couple of minutes that dissipates and you get some green fruit (apples, pears) and a hint of vanilla and wood.
Dry and sharp in a way that burn my lips. That also indicates its a above 60%, most of the times. After the alcohol burns , your mouth heals and you try again you get some vanilla and something gently spicy. I also thought to taste some nougat.
The finish doesn’t do much for me. No surprises on the palate and quite weak. Probably because of the massive amount of alcohol in this dram. I do get some vanilla and pear, but then I’m trying real hard!
I thought this just might be the new Caol Ila Unpeated. High in alcohol and the right flavour profile, although most of the ones I tried were better than this one. So I went for the newest one.
Old Pulteney 15, 1995-2010, 61.3%, OB, cask #2989
The fact that I only got 10 points is a bummer, but in this case I think the whiskies are comparable and I don’t think I’m too big an idiot in guessing the Caol Ila over this one. The flavour profiles match quite well in my opinion.