Line product Gordon & Macphail Reserve
Archive CAOL ILA 1982

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : jaune doré soutenu.
  • Nose : fin, racé. Il décline la fumée, les fruits mûrs (poire, pomme), la terre humide, le lichen, la noix fraîche, le baume du tigre, les fleurs capiteuses et une note de saké. Tous ces éléments cohabitent avec une rare harmonie et s’expriment pleinement dans un registre onctueux. Cette recherche d’équilibre est d’ailleurs la marque de fabrique de ce Caol Ila trentenaire.
  • Palate : à la fois crémeuse et tendue. D’une rare plénitude, la tourbe est profondément imbriquée dans des arômes de fruits juteux. Les parfums de fleurs capiteuses sont également très présents (genêt, mimosa). Elle oscille entre moments fruités/floraux et moments tourbés/fumés. Le sel quant à lui est toujours de la partie.
  • Overall : longue et tendrement cacaotée. L’emprise de la tourbe et de la fumée est préservée intacte. Mieux, elle se tourne résolument vers le large avec des fruits mûrs recouverts de sel en rétro olfaction. Le verre vide est une ode à la tourbe, à la fumée et aux embruns. Longtemps après, le parfum envoûtant d’une rose trémière côtoie ceux du pain d’épices et du camphre.
The brand

The brand

As well as reflecting its smoky, malted barley, Caol Ila is also oily and peaty, with marine and vegetable notes. Its recent official bottlings, which are particularly expressive, have an intense smoky and peaty character with a good balance of saltiness and sweetness. Superb versions of this single malt have also been released by independent bottlers Gordon MacPhail & Signatory Vintage. Caol Ila’s stills, which are large and onion-shaped, have a strong influence on this single malt and give it a fairly light and delicate character. Find out more


This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

The line

Located in the heart of Speyside, Gordon & MacPhail have excellent business relations with the region’s main distilleries. Each one has a specific label, originally associated with a semi-official release. Another label enables specialists such as La Maison du Whisky to bottle single casks in accordance with their specifications. Called simply Gordon & MacPhail Reserve, this range has now introduced a different colour label for each production region.

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