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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.

Dalwhinnie Winters Gold & Blair Athol 12 Year Old Flora & Fauna Single Malt Whisky, 2x70cl

Dalwhinnie Winters Gold & Blair Athol 12 Year Old Flora & Fauna Single Malt Whisky, 2x70cl

2x70cl
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1 of Dalwhinnie Winter’s Gold Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 70cl - Winter’s Gold is an indulgent, honeyed Dalwhinnie that is comforting, rich and sweet, with notes of heather and peat and a spicy warmth. From the highest and coldest distillery in Scotland, Winter’s Gold pays homage to its homeland and is best served straight from the freezer. It makes the perfect gift for whisky lovers looking for a smooth, deliciously enjoyable single malt.
1 of Blair Athol 12 Year Old Flora & Fauna Single Malt Whisky, 70cl - A full, rich and spicy 12-year-old single malt whisky. Slightly dry on the finish with lots of sherry notes and a slight hint of minty herbal notes. An interesting whisky with an unusual sweet aftertaste.
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

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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