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CAOL ILA 1996 Over 15 Years

Single Malt, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 17087

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : or vif.
  • Nose : fin, racé. La fumée et la tourbe se trouvent sur la partie droite du verre. Le centre est herbacé, médicinal (baume) et terreux (racine de gentiane). Le bord gauche du verre est occupé par des fruits frais (raisin, groseille). En ce qui concerne sa profondeur de champ, on trouve au premier plan la tourbe, juste derrière les fruits et en fond d’écran les herbes. Magnifique.
  • Palate : puissante, rugueuse. Elle veut en découdre et délivre un aperçu tourbé-cendré et salin. « Caol Ilesque » au plus haut point, elle est d’une minéralité profonde.Tout est délicat, naturel et d’un lyrisme absolu.
  • Overall : la bouche n’en finit plus de délivrer tous ses trésors. Les fruits, les fleurs, le goudron, la suie, les plantes aromatiques, le tilleul, la tourbe, la fumée, le sel, les citrons, chacune de ses saveurs est superbe de maturité. Epanouie, remarquable de simplicité et de vérité, elle est de plus en plus tourbée. Quelle présence ! Quelle chaleur !
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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