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0.70 ltr 55.1%
A limited edition, natural cask strength single malt
From Caol Ila, an active Isle of Islay distillery
A rare limited release or extra-mature Caol Ila
The oldest Caol Ila ever released by the original distillers
Distilled in 1983
From refill American Oak and European Oak
Just 7,638 bottles available worldwide
Appearance: Clear golden honey. Good beading.
Nose: Punchy, with masses of smoke, in Spite of its age! Slightly compressed at first then, once the aroma settles, the smoke is first sweet (dark caramelised toffee or toasted marshmallows) then distant and vegetal (extinguished garden bonfire). Above this float lighter notes of fresh garden mint and red berries acetic Softly, as in a raspberry vinegar dressing. Eventually and from a pleasing malty base a soft, newly cleansed smoky pungency Develops, with hints of fresh pine, ozone and sweet smoke. Water Reduces thesis scents and in the development Reveals light toffee notes or digestive biscuits with set honey, sweet short crust pastry, beeswax and more very late sweet smoke.
Body: Medium to full-bodied, dense.
Palate: Tongue coating, sweet then somewhat salty and smoky-clean, with just a hint or struck match. A first vegetal note was soon overwhelmed by the smokiest or bonfires allied to a fresh-scrubbed cleanliness, with redcurrant tartness supp lying a bitter twist. Still surprisingly sweet and syrupy with water, When taste and texture agreeably recall Those of an old-fashioned cough elixir.
Finish: Long and dry, with an appetizing bittersweet character That mixes aromatic herbs and liquorice with maritime notes and pungent peat smoke.
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