CAOL ILA 33 ans 1984 LMDW Cellar Book G&M 52,7%
Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 53666
Whether as a highlight of the tasting or merely a watermark, notes of peat and smoke play an essential role in the development of the salty, spicy, fruity, honeyed and floral aromas and flavours of this venerable bottling of Caol Ila specially selected by La Maison du Whisky. And their influence doesn’t end here! Indeed, thanks to these elements, right from the first nosing, we are plunged into a dream world, incited to follow our hearts and our desire to travel.
Profile: the initial nose is rich and characterised by a medicinal, spicy and floral peat. Allowed to breathe, it becomes honeyed and chocolatey. The robust attack is, for its part, peaty, medicinal and salty. On the mid-palate, notes of intense smoke coat the taste buds. The very fruity end of the palate presages a vanilla and cocoa finish. The retro-nasal olfaction wavers between oily peat and smoky, floral peat.
Single Cask no. 6103
Limited edition of 165 bottles
Exclusive to LMDW
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- Appearance : topaz with copper tinges.
- Nose : rich, complex. On the initial nose, a medicinal (iodine tincture), spicy (ginger, cinnamon, clove), salty and floral (heather, violet) peat beams beautifully. Gradually it becomes fruity (apricot), honeyed and jammy (marmalade). Then, an intense smoke mixed with chocolate chips floods the air. As a whole, it shows incredible elegance and expresses a delicate minerality.
- Palate : powerful, firm. In turn peaty, medicinal and salty, the attack adds even more spices to the mix (black pepper, saffron). On the mid-palate, the smoke ensures a particularly confident relay (Havana cigar, incense) before the flavours become increasingly floral (peony, pale lilac). At the very end of the palate, wild strawberry, bramble and candied apricot add an original rhythm to the palette of flavours that had seemed to have centred entirely on peat and smoke.
- Overall : balanced, silky. A note of bourbon vanilla gives the finish lots of unctuousness and elegance. With impressive length, it lingers on notes of root ginger, Jerusalem artichoke and melon. Gradually, cocoa and coffee beans take possession of the palate. The retro-nasal olfaction wavers between full-bodied, almost oily peat and smoky, floral peat. The very concentrated empty glass is peaty, smoky, floral, sweet (beeswax) and spicy.
- 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
This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.
The partnership between La Maison du Whisky and this malt specialist goes back to the early seventies. Initially La Maison du Whisky sold Gordon & MacPhail’s great classics. In the 1990s LDMW established its own cellars and launched a new collection called simply ‘Single Cask’. Every single malt in this range undergoes a rigorous selection process from a large number of samples. As its name suggests, Single Cask consists exclusively of single malts from a single cask that has been bottled without chill filtering. It is thus a separate range in its own right, and is presented in a special bottle selected by La Maison du Whisky with a label adapted from an existing Gordon & MacPhail model.
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