CAOL ILA 1984 AGED 30 YEARS ~ ISLAY, SCOTLAND
This is classic Caol Ila with notes of smoke, spice, and a maritime character.
Nose - Starts off With intense fruit salad. Then more Orange and tonic. Then more distillate with minerals and peat, salt and tar. Eventually Peach.
Taste - Creamy texture. Peat. Peppery and lemons. Redberries. Green tea and Herbs. Pears. Evolves into more soot.
Finish - Long. Licorice. Pepper. Citrus zest. Still salty, minerals, and herbs. Barley with tar and soot in the very end
Caol Ila was founded to the North of Islay in 1846 by the pleasingly-named Hector Henderson. The capacity is moderate at 3.65 million litres annually. Just 5% is kept for maturation as a single malt. From 1999, unpeated single malts have been experimented with and in 2006 the first unpeated bottling was released in the form of an eight-year-old. Caol Ila, whose name derives from the Gaelic for ‘Sound of Islay’, has been included in the Diageo Classic Malts range, exhibiting twelve and eighteen-year-old expressions as well as a Moscatel-finished Distillers Edition.