Caol Ila 17 Year Old Scotch Whisky - 2015 Special Release
Caol Ila 17 Year Old is of medium weight, but still packing plenty of potent phenols, this is a refined, powerful dram with a compensating oiliness. It s the entry level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, launched in June of 2002 this expression is light and fresh with that distinctive Caol Ila smoke
About the BrandCaol Ila is pronounced “Cull Eela”.Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay, which separates the island from Jura. For some, the distillery’s pronunciation is as remote as its location, sitting as it does on the rugged eastern coast, where it has remained hidden from view since 1846. Caol Ila 17 Year Old Scotch Whisky Old Distilled 1997 - 2015 Special Release
|Supplier||Diageo GB Limited|
|Allergy Advice||No Allergen|
Nose: Salted lemons and charcoal dust lead the way, with swimming pools and sea-spray – a mineral-heavy, coastal and zingy whisky. Behind the initially sharp nose, sit richer and spicier notes of vanilla cream, vanilla sponge, lemon drizzle cake and white pepper. Water brings out more sweetness, but the seaside charm remains.
Palate: Heavy but sweet smoke and damp charcoal lead the palate. Lemon zest and bitter pith sit with sweet Werther's Originals and gentle spice. The spice builds, with some floral and soapy notes that compliment rather than detract from the rest of the palate. Water brings out mouth-watering sour fruit and more perfumed notes – musky and fragrant.
Finish: Charcoal dust and soft fruitiness, fading to dark spice.
Comment: An upfront and very maritime dram, that has more depth than some of the more recent unpeated releases. It has smoke, but it's sooty and dusty rather than pungent, giving room for the distillery's pure maritime character to shine.
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