每年天氣開始轉熱的時候,Kingfisher的心也開始驛動! 是的,Feis Ila又快到了,今年又要缺席了,也許明年吧!

Date: Mar. 7th, 2007
Place: at home, but pretend I was in Islay!

Caol Ila 1993/2006 Distillers Edition (43%, OB, Moscatel finish)
C: Golden, quite watering.
N: Peaty, sweet wine, tropical fruit, then turned to have some mint leaf feel. Thick nose.  Than turned to have some typical Caol Ila house style. 
P: Medium body. warm, quite sweet finish. with a little bit peaty bitter.
C: 84 points. Seems much better than my memory.  這支酒第一次出現在世人面前就是去年的Feis Ila. 社團駐蘇格蘭特派員Murder當時造訪Islay時購買,特別寄回來與社友們分享!如果記得沒錯的話,Moscatel應該也是一種甜酒,這支過桶的作品讓Caol Ila 輕盈的風格一轉沉穩,帶出原本不會出現的複雜度與蕭瑟感, 初嚐確實有點難以接受, 但是隨著時間過去, 酒體轉為圓潤, 似乎比剛開瓶的印象要好上許多,這就是酒友Stephen所說的氧化魔力嗎?

Caol Ila 21yo 1981/2002 (58.2%, Signatory, C#465, 364 Bts.)
C: Light yellow, clear.
N: Peaty, 消毒水, clean, light flower, malty.
P: Light body, powerful, very nice, medium finish. powerful, a little bit salty.
C: 88 points. sample from Michel, very nice standard Caol Ila, easy and drinkable. 簡單而易飲的Caol Ila. 一點意外也沒有!

Laphroaig 18yo 1987/2005 (50%, DL OMC, C#1762, 632 Bts. refill sherry butt)
C: Gold, oil.
N: Peaty, earthy, malty, more like Ardbeg, hint of Iodine.
P: Peaty bitter, finished sweet, medium body, medium finish. vey nice and sweet.
C: 89 points. sample from Michel. I like the palate better than the nose. Very drinkable. warm and sweet. still more like Ardbeg to me.  簡單而易飲, 我喜歡的Islay. 不是很像雪莉桶的感覺. 

Port Ellen 19yo 1982/2002 (43%, DL Provenance Spring/Spring C#2733)
C: Gold.
N: Nice nose, thick, very fruity. complex. layered. Pear, citrus. tropical fruit. Mango, peaty.
P: Powerful, watering, peaty bitter finish.
C: 85 points. Nose much better than palate. Sample from Michel. 感覺我被寵壞了, 看到稀釋後的Port Ellen從來不屑一顧. 其實單純就聞香來說, 這支酒的水準頗高, 可惜口感還是弱了些!(但是猜測價錢應該很實惠吧!) 附帶一提的是桶號似乎有點疑義? 待查.

Port Ellen 22yo 1982/2004 (61.1%, DL OMC, For Plowed, 264 Bts.)
Very malty, very peaty, thick and powerful. Layered. Finished very nice.  Peaty bitter palate.  No need to say to much for this master piece. 92 points. Happy ending!

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