Caol Ila is pronounced “Cull Eela”. It’s the Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay, which separates the island from Jura. For some, the distillery’s pronunciation is as remote as its location, sitting as it does on the rugged eastern coast, where it has remained hidden from view since 1846. However you say it, the fine, smoky whisky produced by generations of islanders is worth exploring.
The first of thirteen annual releases in this series to combine refill and rejuvenated American oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak butts. An exceptionally grown-up whisky with a powerful and persuasive flavour profile that could only be a Caol Ila.
Isle of Islay
Dense, firm. Viscous.
Mild nose, with the fruity sharpness of green apples and orange zest.
Dense, firm and mild at first with a sweet, minty-salty taste, then a freezing heat.
Long and warming finish with some spice.
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