CAOL ILA 8 ans 2012 French Connections 58,9%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Islay, 70cl, Ref: 58060

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After Ledaig, Glenlivet, Benrinnes and Glenallachie, it’s now the turn of Islay distillery Caol Ila to write a new chapter in the Maison du Whisky’s Plume Collection, whose theme is sherry cask ageing. Caol Ila is one of those whiskies that inspires humility. Just trying to describe it lessens the strong emotions it inspires. Nonetheless, it would be impossible not to want to share these rare moments with as many enthusiasts as possible! How could one not talk about the oh-so tumultuous palette of aromas? How could one not mention the sublime sensation of harmony and serenity emanating from the palette of flavours that offers the taster the opportunity to escape far, far away?

Profile: the complex aromatic palette begins by highlighting the peat’s oily, medicinal, salty, iodine, camphoric, ashy, milky and even spicy propositions. Next, it expresses the sherry’s rancio, chocolate, tangy (cherries in brandy), herbaceous (lime blossom) and intensely fruity (orange, mandarin) character. The nuanced attack boasts a remarkably united tone. Tobacco flavours appear in perfect harmony with notes of lobster and smoked fish. The end of the palate is fruity (raspberry), floral (rose) and chocolate. At the start of the finish, smoke rings cross the sky of the flavour palette as black tea pours over the palate. On the retro-nasal olfaction, mango and guava add a touch of exoticism to the very end of the palate.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : mahogany with glints of green.
  • Nose : What a battle between peat and sherry! Refined, complex. Each player has no end of arguments. The peat first is in turn icy, oily, medicinal, salty, iodine, camphoric, ashy, milky, lemony, spicy (saffron) and so on and so on. The sherry then reveals a stunning rancio that takes on chocolate, spicy (ginger, cinnamon), tangy (cherries in brandy), herbaceous (mint, lime blossom), fruity (orange, mandarin) and tertiary (date, fig, carob) tones.
  • Palate : Such harmony of peat and sherry! Lively, nuanced. After taking on the entire aromatic palette, the attack shines for its remarkably united tone. Cigar lovers will have a huge choice for selecting their favourite module. At the same time, close to the sea, lobster and smoked fish flavours further elevate the tasting. At the end of the palate, in a sparkling and enveloping crescendo, red fruit, rose petal and a rooty, chocolate peat rival each other in inspiration.
  • Overall : What serenity from both peat and sherry! Long, full-bodied. At the start of the finish, very elegant smoke rings cross the sky of the flavour palette as flavours of black tea, crumble and chocolate tart are placed delicately on the palate. On the retro-nasal olfaction, fruits (mango, persimmon, guava) add a touch of exoticism to an increasingly radiant universe. The mouthfeel reveals rare sensuality. The empty glass is a loyal reflection of the flavour and aroma palette’s noble expression.
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.

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