In 2002, on the back of the immense success of Lagavulin 16 Year Old (launched 15 years before), which is also owned by Diageo, three official bottlings of Caol Ila (12 Year Old, 18 Year Old and Cask Strength) were launched simultaneously across Europe. Until then, the single malt had primarily been popular with independent bottlers.
This impressive sherry cask bottling joyfully goes beyond Caol Ila’s normal standards of peating. And you won’t hear a word of complaint from us! Even more so as it draws on a particularly expressive palette of flavours and aromas that keeps the taster on tenterhooks right until the empty glass.
Region: Islay, Scotland
Powerful. Right away, the first nose reveals a far more peaty Caol Ila than we are used to. Allowed to breathe, candied lemon and fresh fruit (pear) appear alongside intense smoke and tar. Gradually it becomes medicinal and mineral (slate). The sharp attack offers the same marine peat. On the mid-palate, aromatic plants (sage), almond milk and malted barley come together in perfect harmony. The rich finish is chocolatey and vanilla. Mouth-watering, rich (eclair, flan) and herbal
ABV 57.2% | Volume 70cl
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