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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.

Cragganmore 12, Royal Lochnagar 12 & Knockando 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 3x70cl

Cragganmore 12, Royal Lochnagar 12 & Knockando 12 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 3x70cl

3x70cl
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1 of Cragganmore 12 - Cragganmore 12 Year Old is hugely complex and rich, with layers of flavour and a whiff of smoke in the finish. Speyside today is widely revered for its sublime malt whiskies and for its fine salmon fishing. It is here, in this fertile triangle of land between mountain and sea, long been known as the Garden of Scotland, that Cragganmore single malt whisky is distilled. Nestling on the banks of the legendary salmon river, Cragganmore is, for many, the home of the definitive Speyside malt. Having won Gold at the Scotch Whisky Masters in 2010 and 2011, Cragganmore 12 Year Old is perfect for sharing when the need arises to raise a glass.
1 of Royal Lochnagar 12 - Royal Lochnagar 12 year old is a packed with personality but never overbearing, this is a well-bred whisky. An ideal gift for drinkers looking to explore Highland Single Malt Whiskies known for being rich in flavour and aroma.
1 of Knockando 12 - An especially delicate, fruity and subtle Speyside. Smooth but complex layers of flowery, nutty and slightly smoky notes.
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

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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