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A stunning 1983 vintage Caol Ila released at 30 years of age as part of Diageo's 2014 Special Releases. Aged in a combination of refill American and refill European oak, this is reminiscent of a cross between Brora and Port Ellen, combining the waxiness of the former with the chamois leather note of the latter.Tasting Notes (1)
Tasting Notes by Rocky
Pronounced notes of smoke, iodine and grass.
Rich and waxy, peat is initially absent, but slowly builds and builds, along with notes of menthol cigarettes and chamois leather.
Long with menthol and peat.
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I love this Caol Ila! Excellent! Micheal Jackson's guide still does not make mistakes!
Thanks to the nose I am immedeately thrown back to Port Askaig, where I was looking for the ideal spot to take a nice picture of this distillery. The scent of the bay with its salty breeze, the threat of rain in the air, soft peat, creamy vanilla and some mildly burnt sugars. All of this upholsterd with dark fruit and a rich, sweet smokiness. Leave it to breathe for a few moments and it becomes nicely waxy. A bonfire on the beach, aromatic oils, some lemon juice in the background, as well as some apricots and pineapple. But also rusted saws and wood shavings. The shed of a furniture maker. Ginger and liquorice. Delicate and enchanting! As delicate as the nose is, so sturdy is the taste. Powerful, smoky, sweet and very spicy on citrus fruit (both lemon, lime and oranges), honey and marzipan, followed by sea weeds, sweet butter, dried garden herbs, creme brulee with a salty edge that leaves no doubt about the fact that we are indeed on Islay. Midpalate the fruit turns somewhat tropical (banana, mango, pineapple), while creamy oak gives it a lovely bitterness. The complexity of this malt knows no boundaries. The finish is wonderfully long, maritime and offers a new surge of lime juice and salt smoke, but the peat has the final say.
Just opened my second bottle. Perfection.
Amazing. Super smooth and smoky flavor. Highly recommend!
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