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Caol Ila 12 Years Old 70cl 43°

Distillery : Caol Ila / Country : Scotland / Reference: : 20613

This finely peated Single Malt is the flagship of the Hidden Malts, together with Clynelish, Glen Elgin and Glen Ord. Its Gaelic name is to be pronounced « Caool-ila », meaning "Sound of Islay". The distillery is located in a small inlet near Port Askaig.

This might be one of the wildest regions on the Scottish Western Coast.

Its Single Malt is altogether balanced and subtle, iodized and peated, with notes of olive oil, almonds and citrus fruits rising from the nose and the palate. Caol Ila is greatly appreciated by peated whisky lovers.

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Features

Volume0.7 L
Net Weight0.7 kg
ABV43 °
TypeSingle malt
DistilleryCaol Ila
CountryScotland
RegionIslay
RangeClassic Malts
Age12 years
MaturationBourbon
PeatHeavily Peated
PackagingCase
Reference:20613

The qualities of this Single Malt have been long recognised by the discerning palates. Its name is to be pronounced “Caool-Ila” and means “Islay Strait” in Gaelic.


The distillery sits in a cove near Port Askaig, where playing seals are a common sight. The buildings host three wash stills and three spirit stills. The production reaches 3.6 million liters of alcohol a year. Behind the distillery, stands a beautiful hill covered with fuchsia, foxgloves and dog rose, up to the peaty loch on the top where the mineral and salty stream runs, as it passed through limestone. Built in 1846 and rebuilt in 1879, the distillery has experienced a complete makeover in the 1970’s.


Reminiscent of smoky malted barley, Caol Ila is also maritime, vegetal, oily and peaty. The latest official releases are extremely characterful, with an intense peaty and smoky character with an amazing bittersweet balance. The unique character of Caol Ila ranks the distillery in the Classic Malts Selection. Created more than 20 years ago, this selection recognises Single Malts crafted in the tradition of iconic distilleries, and offers the most impressive whisky styles Scotland has to offer.

Colour: deep straw yellow.

Nose: peated on the first inhalations (heavy peat), iodized and smoked, evolving onto milky notes of almonds, tangy candies, ashes and liquorice.

Mouth: oily and slightly medicinal, reveals new layers of smoke and fruits (dried fruits).

Finish: floral and herbaceous, evocative of smoky malted barley and silky notes of praline and moka. Overall sensation of freshness.

Silver Medal, Outstanding, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013

As appetizer, a black olive tapenade magnifies the flavours of this malt.