New CAOL ILA 9 ans 2009

CAOL ILA 9 ans 2009 57,2%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 56695

In 2002, on the back of the immense success of Lagavulin 16 Year Old (launched 15 years before), which is also owned by Diageo, three official bottlings of Caol Ila (12 Year Old, 18 Year Old and Cask Strength) were launched simultaneously across Europe. Until then, the single malt had primarily been popular with independent bottlers. This impressive sherry cask bottling joyfully goes beyond Caol Ila’s normal standards of peating. And you won’t hear a word of complaint from us! Even more so as it draws on a particularly expressive palette of flavours and aromas that keeps the taster on tenterhooks right until the empty glass

powerful. Right away, the first nose reveals a far more peaty Caol Ila than we are used to. Allowed to breathe, candied lemon and fresh fruit (pear) appear alongside intense smoke and tar. Gradually it becomes medicinal and mineral (slate). The sharp attack offers the same marine peat. On the mid-palate, aromatic plants (sage), almond milk and malted barley come together in perfect harmony. The rich finish is chocolatey and vanilla. Mouth-watering, rich (eclair, flan) and herbal (chamomile).
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  • Appearance : bright gold.
  • Nose : lively, powerful. Right away, the first nose invites us to discover a Caol Ila that is clearly more peaty than usual. In fact, cartloads of peat literally spill across an aromatic palette bursting with salts. Allowed to breathe, candied lemon and juicy pear appear alongside intense smoke, tar and soot. To ensure the presence of every element required for a great peated malt, medicinal (camphor, iodine tincture) and mineral (schist, slate) notes arrive in a grand finale.
  • Palate : sharp and creamy. On the attack, the same marine peat seizes the taste buds. Out of this, smoke rings from a chocolatey Havana cigar, frangipane flavours, ash, candied pear, almond milk and a number of aromatic plants (sage, wicker) appear. The herbaceous (cut hay) mid-palate is profoundly malty and aniseedy. Just like on the nose, our peatometer registers an unusually high ppm content for Caol Ila. And yet, and it really is quite a feat, this single malt’s DNA is perfectly recognizable.
  • Overall : long, generous. At the start of the finish, the peat takes on chocolate and vanilla tones, as grains of salt spread across the palate. Mouth-watering, it becomes increasingly rich (flan, éclair) and herbal (chamomile, mint). Gradually, clove, black truffle and notes of coal set the pace for a very richly expressed end to the palate. Tobacco and white florals (lily, lily of the valley) mark the retro-nasal olfaction with their enchanting perfumes. The empty glass is saturated with smoke, ash and tarry fragrances.
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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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Artist, Lands of Scotland, Malt Pedigree, Tartan, The Ten, Very Cloudy... all of these whisky ranges – composed of single malts and single grains – have one thing in common: they were all created by the team at La Maison du Whisky. They are the fruits of many decades of close collaboration with some of the most prestigious bottlers in Scotland. For some years the French importer and exclusive distributor of the classic ranges of well-known spirits producers, La Maison du Whisky was soon granted the very rare privilege of being able to complement these ranges with their own, bringing together two sets of expertise, two reputations and two complementary histories under one, single label.

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Since the dawn of time, artist collectives have been a place of exchange, inspiration and creativity. In the same way, each of the single malts found in our Artist Collective range draws the richness of their olfactory and gustatory palettes from the marriage of various casks. Devoted to diversity, every region and every style of Scottish single malt, peated and unpeated, are represented. Within this range we also find 43%, 48%, 57.1% (100 proof) and cask-strength bottlings. To illustrate the labels of the six bottlings in our first collection, La Maison du Whisky has called on contemporary artists from very different backgrounds. Each of them brings their own very personal touch that echoes the richness of the single malts selected!
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