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Caol Ila 17 Year Old
Taste the character and craft in every drop.

Region

Islay.

Appearance

Bright gold in sunlight. Good beading.

Nose

Reserved; at first fruity, with zesty orange or mandarin, then slowly becoming sweeter and denser – with a balancing, lightly smoky and fresh-clean aroma too.

Body

Medium to rich.

Palate

Intense, starting with sweet mixed fruit, chocolate and ginger, then distinctly salty, growing warm and slightly bitter. Waxy and coating, later adding a strong, clean, herbal dryness.

Finish

Medium to long, warming and coating, with dark chocolate, an appetising bitter-sweetness, distant light smoke and a touch of salt. With water, gently comforting.

Information:

Make: Caol IlaTM

Age: 17 Years Old

Strength: 55.9% ABV

Place of Origin: Port Askaig

Region: Coastal Islay

Nose:

Reserved; at first fruity, with zesty orange or mandarin, then slowly becoming sweeter and denser, with malt and hard toffee, and fresh, creamy vanilla. There’s a balancing, lightly smoky and fresh-clean aroma too, backed by drier notes of newsprint and grainy cereal. Later, hints of moss, or crusty sourdough bread. A dash of water unusually produces a prickly nose-feel and makes the aromas more accessible, as fruitcake, wood smoke and caramel, salt on a sea breeze, and sweet honey and lemon.

Palate:

Intense, starting with sweet mixed fruit, chocolate and ginger, then distinctly salty, growing warm and slightly bitter. Waxy and coating, later adding a strong, clean, herbal dryness. With water the taste is softer yet somehow more pronounced: still salty, but with a mineral edge, and now peppery across the tongue. Quietly clean and leathery with pleasantly smooth tannins.

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