Day 12 ! I’ll make it short ’cause it’s already getting late.
This is actually quite a classic in France I think, and it’s one of the first bottles that I bought when I started my whisky journey, and one that made me discover peated whiskies (along with Laphroaig 10 years old if my memories are correct).
I have to admit I like it quite much, so I’m not scared at all to drink this tonight
Name: Coal Ila 12 years old
Distillery: Coal Ila
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Age: 12 years old
Bottle size: 3cl
Colour: White wine
Nose: Starts on a maritime peat composed of seaweed, iodine and foam. Really makes you feels like you're walking the seaside on a windy day. You then get wood smoke, chimney ashed and a tad of leather. Finally, there is a light lemon background.
Palate: Oily. As the nose, it immediately begins on a dry maritime peat (whatever that means), and then follows up on chimney ashed and anise. Powerful and warming, yet really balanced and quite elegant. The end palate is spicier with lots of pepper and licorice.
Finish: Very long and warm on anise, licorice, pepper and wood smoke. It goes on and on.
Overall: Very good. An excellent value if you find this in a supermarket. For me, this "entry-level" expression represents the embodiment of Islay far more than any others. I recommend this to beginners (but not only !) who want to discover peated whiskies. This is actually one of the few bottles that I buy regularly (and it's quite rare that I do !). Now off to sleep ;-)