2007 Samaroli
Caol Ila 2018 Ed.
Single Malt Scotch Whisky

$810.00

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Caol Ila is the Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay, which separates the island from Jura in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland’s West Coast. The distillery is situated on the shores of the Sound, a spot originally chosen in 1846 partly because of the clean water from Loch Nam Ban which still provides its main supply. Caol Ila would be in my top few favourite distilleries and this bottling from Samaroli is an impressive statement of that they do. I sits within the classic Islay style – made predominantly with peated malt and the resulting phenols have a big influence on the final flavour of the whisky, as does the salty coastal air that the casks ‘breathe’ during maturation. Having said this, Caol Ila is one of the most approachable Islay malts.

Nose: Sea breeze, iodine, nori mix with salted caramel, damp earth and herbal resin.

Palate: The palate has a slight lift of smoked peat, but in a restrained Caol Ila style. Roasted nut, salt, baked bread and spice all unfold. The length is fine, long and very impressive. One sip and you are transported to the rugged islands of Scotland.

Production: 330 bottles

ABV: 49%

Sebastian Crowther MS

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Producer Profile

Samaroli is an Italian independent bottling company and the first outside the United Kingdom. Their focus is on bottling exceptional Scotch whisky and Caribbean rums. The name Samaroli has become synonymous to whisky enthusiasts due to rarity, legend and immense beauty, both organoleptic and aesthetic. The company – originally founded by Silvano S Samaroli – was one of the first dedicated bottlers to actively promote cask strength whisky, and is still one of the only ones to tout the beneficial effects of bottle ageing with the much-loved line on the rear labels: ‘Further matures in its bottle’.

Throughout its 1980s heyday Samaroli released dozens of bottlings which are now considered 'legends’ and are fought over tooth and nail whenever they appear at auction. The artistry of the labels has also proved influential over the years with numerous bottlers taking inspiration from Samaroli’s elegant and artistic style.

Founded in 1968 in Rome, Italy, Samaroli was first and foremost an importer for the first decade of its existence. The first series, a specially-labelled set of dumpy Cadenhead bottlings, was released in 1979, followed by the ‘Flowers’ series shortly after in 1981.

During the early 1980s Samaroli began to source more individual releases directly from Cadenhead. Bottlings at cask strength began to appear, early examples being the Glen Grant 1969 and the Glen Garioch 1971.

By the late 1980s the majority of bottlings were at cask strength. As the 1990s wore on Samaroli sourced its stocks from a more diverse range of sources and bottlings began to slow a little around the early 2000s as demand for aged stocks of whisky began to increase.

In 2008 the day-to-day running of the company was taken over from Silvan Samaroli by Antonio Bleve, although Samaroli maintained an active role in the business right up until his death in February 2017. The company continues to bottle artistically striking, exceptional quality whiskies and I am extremely proud to be offering these to you as the exclusive importer into Australia.

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Review

Caol Ila is the Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay, which separates the island from Jura in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland’s West Coast. The distillery is situated on the shores of the Sound, a spot originally chosen in 1846 partly because of the clean water from Loch Nam Ban which still provides its main supply. Caol Ila would be in my top few favourite distilleries and this bottling from Samaroli is an impressive statement of that they do. I sits within the classic Islay style – made predominantly with peated malt and the resulting phenols have a big influence on the final flavour of the whisky, as does the salty coastal air that the casks ‘breathe’ during maturation. Having said this, Caol Ila is one of the most approachable Islay malts.

Nose: Sea breeze, iodine, nori mix with salted caramel, damp earth and herbal resin.

Palate: The palate has a slight lift of smoked peat, but in a restrained Caol Ila style. Roasted nut, salt, baked bread and spice all unfold. The length is fine, long and very impressive. One sip and you are transported to the rugged islands of Scotland.

Production: 330 bottles

ABV: 49%

Sebastian Crowther MS