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Cape Breton evokes deep memories and strong emotions for me as well as a deep appreciation for the beauty of my adopted island. My hopes are that you too might find the photos evocative - maybe a view you've not enjoyed before, or an 'Oh I've been there', or if from away that you may be encouraged to visit this fair isle so that you might come to love and breathe Cape Breton as I do. One word about place names that I use - some are completely local usage while others are from maps of Cape Breton that I've purchased over the years. I frequently post travel and other photos that are of interest to me - and hopefully you.

On the right hand side bar find my take on Single Malt whiskey - from how to best enjoy this noble drink to reviews (in a most non-professional manner) of ones that I have tried and liked - or not. Also musings, mine and others, on life in general.

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Caol Ila -12 Year Old, 43% Alc


Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch has rated this quite well over his first 6 editions.   And in that time there have been some changes both in his ranking, in the spelling - 'caoLiLa' in the first edition 1989 - at least in the 12 year old, and a change in the Alc in 1989 of 40% to today's 43%.   He had high praise all along but numerically started with 77 and in my 6th edition has gone to 83.  I could find the word 'peaty' only mentioned in the 1st edition with the caveat "- without being as intense as its more famous counterparts".

Although I am a fan of peaty styled single malts I find the Caol Ila has just that breath of peat along with numeous background notes so as to make this a haunting malt - at least an 85.  My goal is to have this seaside malt always as a standby for those friends whose taste is pure.


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