Archive CAOL ILA 17 ans 1997 Unpeated

CAOL ILA 17 ans 1997 Unpeated

Single Malt, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 50041

An unusual Caol Ila, rounded and balanced, distilled in 1997.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : Dazzling gold.
  • Nose : Reserved, initially fruity and becoming sweeter and more intense. A balanced aroma, slightly smoky and fresh with drier notes in the background. Hints of moss and bread emerge next. A drop of water provokes a unique spicy sensation and releases aromas of fruit cake, wood fire smoke, caramel, maritime iodine, sweet honey and lemon.
  • Palate : The attack is intense, with sweet fruits, chocolate and ginger, then slightly salty, warm and subtly bitter. Paired with water, the taste is both more mellow and more pronounced: still salty, but with a mineral touch and a peppery flavour that settles on the tongue. Frank and full of pleasantly mellow tannins.
  • Overall : Mid to long, warm and coated with notes of dark chocolate, a pleasant bittersweet fragrance, a hint of smoke and a pinch of salt. Adding a splash of water reveals a very pleasant refreshing finish with lingering notes of pepper.
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

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