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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.

Caol Ila Distillers Edition

Caol Ila Distillers Edition

70cl 43%
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This distiller's edition is a limited edition release that's matured in American oak and finished in Moscatel wine casks. Brilliantly clean and refined, it delivers a deep, sweet and smoky flavour profile that suggests the intense, saturated colours of late afternoon sunshine after a storm has passed.

Serving Suggestion:
Best served with a little water so the fragrant smokiness comes singing through.

Region An Islay beach bonfire of a whisky.
Appearance Clear gold.
Body Medium bodied.
Nose Wonderfully concentrated and clean, peaty, medicinal, with rich fruit, spicy and fragrant.
Palate Sweet maltiness strike first, then overwhelmed by peat smoke, intense, crisp flavours, and cinnamon spice.
Finish Long, rounded, robust and multi-layered.

Awards

Don't just take our word for it...
International Spirits Challenge Gold 2014
International Spirits Challenge Silver 2011
Scotch Whisky Masters Gold 2010
International Wine & Spirit Competition Silver 2007 - 2008
International Wine & Spirit Competition Gold 2009
International Spirits Challenge Gold 2014
International Spirits Challenge Silver 2011
Scotch Whisky Masters Gold 2010
International Wine & Spirit Competition Silver 2007 - 2008
International Wine & Spirit Competition Gold 2009

Expert Reviews

Insights from some of the best in the business

The finish in question here is Muscatel casks and you can tell that from the start, as the nose is filled with a rich, sweet, and very pronounced dusky fruitiness — sloes and plums. The smoke as a result is diminished as are the grassy/bacony notes. While the smoke does emerge from its fruity bubble on the tongue, the effect is almost liqueur-like. It’s a very pleasing dram, but the question is, is it Caol Ila?

Dave Broom, Whisky Advocate Summer 2012

Touches of creamy smoke, along with walnut rinds, almonds and lemongrass make this a sensually appealing whisky on the nose. The palate is perfectly rounded: sugared, pine smoke; sour spring grass; grapefruit; and, nutmeg linger in the mouth. Then comes a finish that keeps working until, a minute after it’s gone, you get a bitter bite that caps the experience off right at the back of the throat. It’s lovely.

Alwynne Gwilt, June 2012, www.misswhisky.com