A Spectacular Islay Expression
Reviewed by John Fegan on
The Coal Ila 12 is one of my all time favourites, fresh and smoky with herbacious floral notes not quite as refined as the Lagavulin 16. It definitely requires a little breathing time or a drop of water to bring out the best of this dram but it’s well worth the time.
Nose: Smoke, and peppermint mask woody yet floral notes with a hint of pepper
Palate: Well rounded, oily and smoky with pepper and salt
Finish: long lingering smoke and pepper
Coal Ila Aged 12 Years
Produced by Coal Ila
Average Price £40
An understated often overlooked gem of Islay, lacking the sophistication and refinement of the 16 year old Distillers Edition, possibly for the better. A bargain at only £40 and one to add to your everyday collection if not something to save for those more special occasions.
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