The first Caol Ila 35 year old in this series is the oldest Caol Ila ever bottled from the original distillers, combining whisky from refill American oak hogsheads and refill European oak butts in a well-balanced and mature expression that shows a fine freshness, cleanliness and precision for its age. Just 3,276 bottles.
Antique gold colour.
Floral and fruity on a fresh-clean, smoky base.
Light to medium.
Starts sweetly and soon dries, with a rising peaty pungency.
A spicy-sweet finish.
Make: Caol Ila
Age: 35 years old, distilled in 1982
Strength: 58.1% ABV
Antique gold, good beading.
A clean and clear start, with floral and fruity notes on a fresh-cleaned and faintly smoky base. Artist’s studio, lemon zest, butter and malt vinegar. The smoke is carried on notes of pine, resin and menthol, with a cereal-grain core. Later, a floral freshness with almond soap and final, fresh mint.
Cooling and very fluid, with a smooth, creamy texture, soon becoming dry after a quiet, lightly sweet start. Sugary, then smoky against a developing herbal astringency with fennel and even a trace of picture varnish. Wonderful tooth-coating tannins offset a rising, peaty pungency.
Spicy-sweet, with honey, sweet peat smoke and crunchy cereal, smooth chocolate, syrupy pistachio pastry. Cleansing, with silky dryness and lingering smoky warmth.