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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 of extra-mature Caol Ila
The oldest Caol Ila ever released by the original distillers
Distilled in 1983
From refill American Oak & 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 (caramelised dark toffee or toasted marshmallows) then distant and vegetal (extinguished garden bonfire). Above this float lighter notes of fresh garden mint and softly acetic red berries, 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 these 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 of struck match. A first vegetal note is soon overwhelmed by the smokiest of bonfires allied to a fresh-scrubbed cleanliness, with redcurrant tartness supplying 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 appetising bittersweet character that mixes aromatic herbs and liquorice with maritime notes and pungent peat-smoke.
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