CAOL ILA 15 ans 1991 S.S. 58,3%
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: COL51523
Released as part of the prestigious Sestante collection, this 15 year old Caol Ila is one of the first bottlings from Massimo Righi, the founder of the Italian independent botler Whisky Antique. This absolutely magnificent version is so concentrated that, even if you take your time, you will never be able to take everything in in just one tasting. But it would be impossible not to fall for the charm of its ashy, salty, spicy, fruity and honeyed palette of flavours and aromas that draws on contrasts to help moor itself to its home port of Caol Ila.
Profile: the rich initial nose is characterized by notes of smoke and ash. Allowed to breathe, it is covered in salt and sea breeze, before becoming luscious (verbena). The powerful attack sees peat gain the upper hand on the smoke. The slender mid-palate is astonishingly fruity (pear, apple). The firm finish is intensely smoky and malty. The empty glass brings us ever closer to the Caol Ila still room.
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- Appearance : golden yellow with a green hue.
- Nose : rich, concentrated. Ash and soot appear on the surface of the initial nose, which also evokes calm seas. Allowed to breathe, sea spray and salt intensify the marine character of the aromatic palette. Next, a few grains of pepper, citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit), acacia honey and aromatic plants (verbena, sage) take their respective places on the stage. Far from finished revealing all of its secrets, the nose continually becomes deeper and more powerful. Hold tight...
- Palate : dense, powerful. The attack fits in smoothly with the rest of the palate. Peat has supplanted the smoke. It is oily, but not excessively so, salty (shellfish), lemony, liquorice and delicately milky (coconut, almond). The slender mid-palate is astonishingly fruity (pear, Golden Delicious apple). Very quickly, however, the peat and smoke unite to take charge. The animal (bacon, smoked fish) end of the palate is also particularly mineral (chalk). Like standing at the edge of a steep cliff.
- Overall : long, firm. Fans will enjoy the Calisson d'Aix offered by the end of the finish, as a foggy smoke seizes the taste buds. Behind this hazy screen, we glimpse milky notes (barley porridge, almond). The retronasal olfaction wavers between peated barley, white mint and cod liver oil. The empty glass takes us to the edge of a cliff to breathe in the sea air and spirit vapours escaping from Caol Ila's still room.
- 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
An Italian independent bottler brand, Silver Seal is distributed by Massimo Righi, the director of a small company called Whisky Antique. This wide range covers the full richness of the finest Scottish nectars, along with numerous Caribbean rums; the company releases rigorously selected small bottlings of memorable expressions.
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