CAOL ILA 7 ans 2013 COLLECTIVE 4.0 57,2%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 58011

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Far more peaty, animal, medicinal and intensely smoky than usual, this version transcends - without distorting - the typical style of the single malt produced by Islay’s largest distillery. Not to be outdone and in the interests of harmony, the other ingredients found in its palette of flavours and aromas have also upped their game. Malted barley pours whole grains onto the palate as the fruity register gradually becomes increasingly exotic. The mezcal tones are another highlight of the tasting.

Profile: the deep first nose is characterized by notes of ash and tobacco. Allowed to breathe, burnt peat, creosote and hail flood the air. Gradually, lime and malted barley reach the surface of the aromatic palette. The oily and lively attack is like biting into peated malted barley grains. The mid-palate is honeyed (acacia) and medicinal (iodine tincture). The well-balanced finish is traversed by thick plumes of smoke. Agave notes bring a grand mezcal to mind. The end of the palate is remarkably refreshing (chlorophyll).

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  • Appearance : deep gold.
  • Nose : rich, deep. On the first nose, notes of ash and tobacco literally surge from the glass. Next, sleet, creosote and burnt peat invade the olfactory senses. Allowed to breathe, lime and green barley weave in and out until they reach the surface of the aromatic palette. Very marine (seaweed, cod-liver oil) and medicinal (mustard, ointment), it opens up into other citrus fruit (grapefruit, lemon). Gradually, aromas of smoked fish and meat flood the air.
  • Palate : lively and oily, the attack creates an intensely vivid sensation of biting into smoked malted barley grains. Outstanding. On the mid-palate, acacia honey creates the perfect link with the profoundly medicinal (iodine tincture, mustard poultice) character of the end of the palate. In the after-taste, ripe fruits (apple, pea) and aromatic plants (sage, verbena) alternate to great effect.
  • Overall : long, balanced. Traversed by thick plumes of smoke, with its notes of agave, terracotta, salt and lemon, the start of the finish brings to mind a grand mezcal. The malted barley is still just as present. The after-taste brings a hint of exoticism (pineapple, kaffir lime) that is more than a little expressive. Both full of body and extremely refreshing (chlorophyll, spearmint). The very rich retro-nasal olfaction reveals Corinthian raison, prune and black liquorice. The empty glass is animal, with smoked meat (stable, grilled meat), and floral (sorrel, daisy, hyacinth) notes.
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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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