Caol Ila 12YO Scotch Whisky
- Single Malt
- Scotland, 750ml
On the nose, fresh, herbal. Rubbed peppermint leaves, stemmy, damp grass, smoky. Oily, cigar leaves, smoked ham, hickory. Lemon peels at the harbour. On the palate, good body, oily, tar, elegant smoke. Hints of boiled sweets. To finish, long, peppery, spicy warmth, smoke.
- Distillery: Caol Ila - Distillers Company
- Type: Single Malt Whisky
- Region: Islay, Scotland
- Alcohol: 43%
- Volume: 750ml
- Goes with: Neat or over ice
This 12 year old is the entry level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery, launched in June of 2002 this expression is light and fresh with that distinctive Caol Ila smoke.
Caol Ila was founded to the North of Islay in 1846 by the pleasingly-named Hector Henderson. It is located near Port Askaig and sits in lush, floral surroundings, overlooking the cove and the Paps of southern Jura. The distillery draws its water from Loch Nam Ban, whose waters travel through limestone and peat before reaching their beneficiary, Caol Ila.
The whisky distillery was sold to Norman Buchanan in 1852 and then, following monetary hardship, to the Glasgow-based blenders Bulloch, Lade and Co who renovated the buildings in 1879. Following liquidation, Distillers Company Ltd acquired Caol Ila and the distillery was subsequently transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers. The capacity is moderate at 3.65 million litres annually, the majority of which is used in Johnnie Walker blends. Just 5% is kept for maturation as single malt.
From 1999, unpeated single malts have been experimented with and in 2006 the first unpeated bottling was released in the form of an eight year-old. Caol Ila, whose name derives from the Gaelic for ‘Sound of Islay’, has been included in the Diageo Classic Malts range, exhibiting twelve and eighteen year-old expressions as well as a Moscatel-finished Distillers Edition. Independent bottlings can also be found.
- Silver - 2020 NZ Spirits Awards - Whisky
- 1st Place - 2015 International Whisky Competition - Best Single Malt Scotch 12YO
- Gold - 2015 The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business) - Islay up to 12YO
- Gold - 2014 International Spirits Challenge - Distillers' Single Malts 12YO and Under
- Silver Outstanding - 2017 International Wine & Spirit Competition - Scotch Single Malt - Islay
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