Caol Ila 18 Years Old 70cl 43°
The spirited Caol Ila is here softened by a long maturation in Bourbon barrels, providing an exquisite, smooth mouthfeel sensation. Its ageing period is longer than the 12 Year-Old version, conveying outstanding depth and complexity to the whisky. The result is an oily, powerful malt that is the very character of the distillery.
Of golden yellow colour, the nose is sophisticated and quite marked by the peat smoke, iodine and salmon eggs, allspice and citrus fruits (lemon and tangerine). The palate is elegant, deeply flavoured with sugar cane notes, almonds and dry peat. The everlasting finale evolves like a wave with silkiness and firmness on the sweet malted smoky barley.
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.