Caol Ila 1999 12 Year Old Unpeated 2011 Bottling
The 6th Limited Release of Unpeated Caol Ila - the second at 12 Year Old.
From the Diageo Special Releases of 2011
From 1st Fill Ex-Bourbon American Oak casks filled in 1999
There are fewer than 6000 worldwide.
Official Caol Ila Tasting Notes
Overview - Deceptively complex, at first hiding all that characteristic Caol Ila freshness and vigour under a smooth exterior. Masses of oaky, cocoa character and fruit tartness soon show that peat smoke isn't everything!
Appearance - Yellow gold. Light beading.
Nose - Quiet, approachable. Mild nose-feel, in spite of its strength. A sweet and fruity aroma- fondant and green apples. Hints of pear-drops with sweet and sour notes. No discernable smoke, but just a trace of Virginia tobacco, then the faintest olive brine tang in a room full of creamy vanilla toffee. Dusty cereals, then mint toffee followed by more vanilla and ripe fruit. Soft, fresh and fruity with water- buttery apple pie, now with a hint of breakfast cereal
Body - Medium to rich
Palate - At natural strength, the taste is sweet, the texture smooth and light, it's warming, but not burning, as might be expected. By turns suddenly drying, with burnt fruit cake and complex, fruity chocolate, then richer and honeyed, with lemon curd on buttered toast. Smooth at reduced strength, with reduced sweetness, light acidity and a shake of salt, lending a maritime character. Initially cool, soon hotter, with silky tannins, before chilling again with mango and cream
Finish - Creamy and oaky, sweet milk chocolate, then burnt fruit. Hugely elegant with water and astonishingly clean.
Caol Ila - Means 'Sound of Islay' in Gaelic.
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