Brand: Caol Ila
Type: Scotch Single Malt
Region: Scotland – Islay
Strength: 48% alc/vol
Single Cask, Refill Sherry Butt. Limited Edition of 692 Bottles.
Following in the footsteps of the outstanding Caol Ila 2012 found in the 2021 Creation Catalogue French Connections (La Maison du Whisky), this version showcases the wonderful complexity afforded by the combination of peated malted barley and sherry wine. Further highlighting this complicity, the flavour and aroma palette energetically reveals stunning fruity, chocolaty, malty, salty, smoky, peaty, spicy and floral sequences.
Nose: Full-bodied, unctuous. On the first nose, notes of apricot, cherries in brandy, white peach and raisin drive aromas of malted barley, iodine,
smoke and dried peat into the background. Soon, however, more balance arrives. Allowed to breathe, pepper, salted butter caramel, chocolate, orange and heady florals (hyacinth, peony) bring the aroma palette lots of sophistication.
Palate: Clear, precise. On the attack, now-rooty peat (gentian), ash and
camphor appear alongside milk chocolate, heather honey, quince
jelly and apricot coulis. The chocolate gradually becomes dark (100%
cocoa). The mid-palate is equipped with a superb mouth-watering
bitterness, allowing glimpses of a lemony and fruity (pear) spirit. At
the end of the palate, sublime flavours of honeysuckle and gillyflower
spread through the air.
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