For his second release Belgian bottler The Whisky Jury opted for a Caol Ila from 1983. Say again? 1983? That makes this a 35 years old Caol Ila. Look at that beautiful gold foiled label. And the bottle comes in a classy wooden box. But of course it’s the contents that interests me. This is, by the way, my 120th Caol Ila. I’m gonna take my time with this one.
The nose is out of this world! Truly, this makes me as happy as when I got my first Star Wars action figure as a seven year old kid. In my mind’s eye I am catapulted right back to the small harbour of Port Askaig with its dark thunderclouds, diesel engines, ships’ ropes and rusting chains against the quay. Sea weeds and oyster sap are mixed with soft notes of citrus fruit and silver polish. Give it ten minutes – it really merits it – and be surprised by some tropical notes in the background: pineapple, mango, mandora. Absolutely delightful!
The body is fine, the strength near perfect. Powerful, spicy, bittersweet and smoky. Salted butter, citrus, pistachio nuts, caramelized wood and so forth. Midpalate the tropical fruit returns, although the maritime character of Caol Ila dominates. This malt is perfectly balanced!
The finish is wonderfully long, nicely warm with a prickling peppery note. Delicious…
Joeri: kudos! This Caol Ila just entered my top 30 of best malts ever tasted. The bottle costs 329 EUR, which is a bargain for this stuff. But believe it or not, it’s already sold out. Darn! I would very much like a bottle of this. Anyone?