CAOL ILA 17 ans 2002 French Connections G&M


An LMDW exclusive

After the impressive and very exclusive Caol Ila 2004 from our 2020 Creation Catalogue, we now invite you to discover this 2002 vintage also selected by La Maison du Whisky from the famous independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail. Naturally and precisely restoring the smoky, maritime, medicinal and fruity style of this iconic Islay, it has extracted from its sherry cask ageing the sweetness required to stay strong over time. This means that much later, candied lemon, a salty and liquorice peat, and noble flavours of tobacco (Havana cigar) and nutmeg make it feel like the tasting will never end.
Profile: the rich first nose reveals intense smoke, marine peat and candied lemon. Allowed to breathe, malted barley makes its entrance. It gradually becomes ashy, fruity (pear) and herbaceous (cut hay). The firm yet creamy attack is medicinal (camphor) and malty. On the mid-palate, it becomes even more medicinal and hot. The distinguished start of the finish reveals very noble notes of tobacco. Increasingly salty, it wonderfully embodies the Caol Ila style. Aromatic plants (lemongrass, tarragon) bring lots of freshness to the retro-nasal olfaction.

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SKU: 57970 Categories: , , Brand: Volume: 0.700clReference: 57970


Appearance : deep golden yellow.
Nose : rich, concentrated. On the first nose, intense smoke, marine peat and candied lemon play the main roles. Allowed to breathe, malted barley makes its entrance and changes everything around. Notes of ash, fresh fruit (pear, apple) and cut hay appear alongside a now oxidative peat (lichen, moss, crushed fruit). Notably, the aromatic palette has a very delicate texture (rice, grated ginger).
Palate : firm yet creamy. The medicinal attack (camphor, tiger balm, mustard poultice) is also deliciously malty. On the mid-palate, its medicinal character is accentuated, whilst strong spices (clove, nutmeg) and chilli bring lots of energy. The warm end of the palate is herbaceous (absinthe, aniseed sweets) and ashy (smoking Havana cigar). Gradually, yellow grapefruit and green liquorice reinforce the invigorating character of the flavour palette.
Overall : long, distinguished. At the start of the finish, very nobly expressed tobacco notes appear alongside the tangy flavours of Calisson d’Aix. Very Caol Ila, it develops an increasingly hot (Espelette pepper, paprika) and salty (samphire) register. In the aftertaste, iodine tincture is placed on the taste buds. Aromatic plants (lemongrass, tarragon, bay leaf) then bring lots of freshness to the retro-nasal olfaction. The oily and rooty empty glass is primarily focused on peat.

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Weight 1.290 kg

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