Line product BBR Rétro
Archive CAOL ILA 25 ans 1984

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : jaune doré intense.
  • Nose : fin, racé. En éclaireurs, on trouve : la tourbe, le caoutchouc, la suie, le poivre, le sel et la fumée. Plus loin, la vanille bourbon, les fruits mûrs (poire, pomme), les agrumes (citron, pamplemousse) et l’orge maltée l’adoucissent. Capiteux (musc, concrète d’iris), il conserve cependant les pieds dans la tourbe.
  • Palate : riche, onctueuse. Multi facettes, la tourbe se révèle terreuse (tantôt humide, tantôt sèche), réglissée (sous forme de bâton ou de zan), maltée, huileuse et minérale (pétrole, grésil). Le poisson fumé, les algues et l’iode accentuent son caractère îlien. Elle est ponctuée de notes médicinales (baume du tigre, graine de moutarde).
  • Overall : longue, suave. L’orge maltée est restituée de manière impressionnante. La fumée est omniprésente (tabac froid, suie, lard). Minérale (schiste, ardoise), végétale (agave, cardamome) et épicée (cumin, girofle), elle se prolonge sur la noix verte et la mirabelle.
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


Created in 1698, Berry Bros. & Rudd is one of the oldest wine and spirits merchants in the United Kingdom. Official suppliers to the British crown since the 18th century, the Berry and Rudd family is best known for offering a range of original and innovative products. The London shop located at 3 St James Street is a testament to the history of their knowledge and expertise and known for being home to experts with extremely high standards. In its role as a spirits bottler, Berry Bros. & Rudd selects and bottles high-quality whiskies and rums under the names “Berrys’ Own Selection, “BBR Retro” and “Exceptional Casks”.

The line

Berry Bros Retro is a range that was created in 2008 in order to bring together this 300-year-old supplier’s special releases of very small numbers of bottles. Bottled from a single cask without chill filtering, the addition of caramel or any dilution, all the whiskies in this collection have a label with an old engraving from the Berry Bros & Rudd shop, with the entrance to Saint James’s palace in the background. All the single malts in this range are bottled exclusively for La Maison du Whisky, who is responsible for their selection.

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