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CAOL ILA 1983 Over 30 Years 4th Edition

Single Malt, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 18864

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  • Iodized
  • Peated
  • Woody
  • Floral
  • Fruity
  • Spicy
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Tasting note

  • Appearance : jaune doré soutenu.
  • Nose : fin, racé. Le premier nez nous transporte littéralement en bord de mer respirer les embruns à pleins poumons. Saturé de notes salines et iodées, il se montre également tourbé et fumé (cendres). Des notes de poisson fumé et d’anchois s’entremêlent avec des notes minérales (ardoise, craie). Progressivement, son tempérament naturellement fruité prend son essor : pomme, citron, ananas, pamplemousse.
  • Palate : délicate, affirmée. Sa fraîcheur est absolument remarquable. Balayée par une brise marine, son attaque est à elle seule une définition de Caol Ila. Le milieu de bouche propose une tourbe raffinée et réglissée tandis que des fruits confits lui procurent beaucoup d’onctuosité. Peu à peu des gousses de vanille viennent teinter de noir et de marron la palette chromatique. Elle se prolonge sur des notes d’agave bleu et de suie.
  • Overall : avec une infinie douceur, son amertume cendrée et épicée (poivre noir) prend possession du palais pour mieux le rafraîchir. Des plantes aromatiques (romarin, tilleul) et des fruits rouges (groseille) viennent ensuite se mêler à la tourbe et aux algues. La rétro-olfaction est maltée, presque chocolatée, et le verre vide est citronné et laiteux (coco).
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


Although the independent bottler Signatory Vintage cannot claim to be one of the oldest in Scotland, it has managed to build up an extremely solid reputation amongst the great malt connoisseurs. The creator of the famous range The Prestonfield and many other well-known ranges, it is best known for its un-chillfiltered and cask strength bottlings that offer amateurs the chance to enjoy their whisky in its most natural form. It was also one of the first independent bottlers to acquire a distillery and now offers a growing number of expressions of one of the most artisan single malts available.

The line

Baptised ‘Artist’, this new range makes no bones about proclaiming its identity. Cosmopolitan and contemporary, it draws its inspiration from the style that gave the Italian bottlings of the 60s and 70s their cult following. From the choice of whiskies (distillery, ageing process, age, strength, bottling procedure) to the design of the bottle and choice of label, every detail has been carefully considered. This range offers a fine presentation of both the whiskies and the artist whose works have been selected for the back labels.

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