Caol Ila 1996 Distiller’s Edition @ 001

Met up with a good friend for drinks the other night at 001 in Central Hong Kong.  It’s an amazing speak-easy tucked away in the middle of a wet market.  The entrance is unmarked with the exception of a brass door bell.  The place is known for its cocktails and grill cheeses but we were there for the single malts.

As usual we started out with the less pricey whiskys and at HKD 140 a dram the Caol Ila 1996 DE piqued my interest.  The other two flights were the Balvenie Portwood 21 and the Lagavulin 1994 Distiller’s Edition.  Both of them were pricier but the Caol Ila was the best.  Maybe it was the mood we were in that night but the Caol Ila was more well balanced than the others.  It also opened up more nicely with a drop of water or two.  In comparison the Lagavulin had too much kick and the Balvenie was too smooth.  The Caol Ila was very distinguished and easy to drink with a character of its own.



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