2009 CAOL ILA LEOVILLE
ISLAY SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY
DISTILLED IN 2009
FROM CAOL ILA DISTILLERY
BOTTLED IN SCOTLAND IN 2022
SELECTED CASK #2101095f
What is Art?
It is any form of human activity displaying or promoting inventive talent and capacity of expression. Any orchestration of techniques or methods pertaining to self-fulfilment or practical application in any field of action, especially when this is a profession or a trade: poetic; military; medical; wrought iron, Art. To devote oneself to, to practise, to undertake, an Art. Art is a realm we belong to, one we are experts in, skilled at, when we carry out our craft.
This time we marry up mythical Aquitaine with our Scotland.
An achievement above and beyond whisky-making — malting, ageing, bottling — what mastery, what patience, what art. Let’s enjoy a barrel of a Great Chateau which has consolidated and matured - over 13 years - the strength and the character of an Islay malt.
Ageing of the highest quality delivers a peaty result able to carry itself with utmost elegance. Speaking via silences rather than noise, it glides through our nostrils and the palate as it asks for forgiveness.
Medicinal and iodine are the master notes, sustaining the aromatic structural ensemble which supports and accompanies: fragrant as toasted grains, like hands caressing the spikelets on a summer afternoon. Tones of officinal herbs, vanilla, leather in the background and liquorice complete the bouquet making it just complex enough to enable our imagination to take flight.
All this enhanced by an elegant and intriguing touch of Bordeaux, the middle-earth between the Continent and Great Britain.
Antonio W. Bleve