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Caol Ila 8YO 2012 Single Cask Whisky
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If you are looking for an introduction into the world of peaty malt whisky – look no further than Caol Ila 12 year old (pronounced kool-ella), the ultimate Islay Malt. A 2012 vintage single malt, matured for 8 years in Oloroso sherry butts. Released as part of the Carn Mor Strictly limited series and bottled in 2020. The Caol Ila distillery (sound of Islay) overlooking the strait between Islay and Jura, was founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson, and fared poorly, changed hands and was eventually acquired by Bulloch Lade & Co, of Glasgow traders in whiskey stocks.
Both ample and airy. With its smoky, roasted, peaty, spicy (saffron, pepper) iodine and animal (bresaola) notes, the first nose is impressive. Gradually, black liquorice rubs shoulders with fragrances of cooked apricot, rhubarb and cola. The nose evokes still warm ashes in the hearth of the fireplace.
Firm, lively. Full of ardour, the attack in the mouth is bacon, empyreumatic (sleet), salty (seaweed) and chocolaty (100% dark chocolate). Tinged with exoticism (flambéed banana, passion), the mid-palate is medicinal, liquorice and roasted (coffee bean).
Long, unctuous. Rivalling with smoke and ashes, at the beginning of the finish, notes of black fruits (blackberry, blackcurrant) highlight the magnificent influence of the sherry wine. In retro olfaction, the flavours of a powerful Havana permeate the taste buds. From the empty glass emerge fragrances of musk and camphor, as well as malted and smoked barley grains.