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  1. #1
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    Thumbs up Compass Box Eleuthera

    It's been almost a year since I last had a bottle of this. I bought another one a few weeks ago, and finally got around to opening it, after starting out with pours of ERSB 10 and WT Rye. Eleuthera is a vatting of malt whiskies (Clynelish, Caol Ila, Glenlossie, others?).

    This is a bit on the smoky side, but not ultra-peaty like (Dane's favorite... not!) Ardbeg. It's a very nice balance between Highland sweetness and Islay smokiness. It's very rich, but not at all overpowering.

    Lovely, and reasonably priced, too. A brilliant example of what we here would call "Gillmanizing."
    Oh no! You have walked into the slavering fangs of a lurking grue!

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    I think it's almost entirely Clynelish and Caol Ila. It's yummmmmmmmy.
    Jake Parrott
    Ledroit Brands, LLC

  3. #3
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    Caol Ila

    I just bought a Signatory Caol Ila 14YO CS and I cannot wait to try it. I love Islay Malts and this is supposed to be a great one.
    Tim

    I am going where streams of whiskey are flowing...

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    Caol Ila is a very balanced malt, with the Peat doing its job to delineate the spirit without overpowering. Peat can interact with heavy oaking to produce a weird rancid chocolate thing that I hate in Lagavulin. Of course, distillery-bottled Caol Ila is being introduced at a high rate in this country to counteract the relative shortage of Lagga. Our benefit, I should say.
    Jake Parrott
    Ledroit Brands, LLC

 

 

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