Caol Ila 18 Year Old Unpeated (Special Release 2017) Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Caol Ila (Gaelic for 'the Sound of Islay') was built in 1846 by Hector Henderson - a Glasgow businessman with a keen interest in distilling. Like Bunnahabhain and Bruichladdich, the development of Caol Ila created along with it, a community of its own. Without these distilleries, it is likely that there would have been little sustained human interference in these areas at all. In 1857 Henderson went out of business and the distillery was purchased by Bulloch Lade & Co. The Distillers Company Limited took over management in 1927. From this date production continued until 1972, when the entire structure of the distillery was demolished. A larger distillery was built in the same original architectural style, and production resumed in 1974.
The 18 year old marks the eleventh limited edition release of unpeated Caol Ila and the oldest so far. On several occasions tasters have found it to be one of the more compelling whiskies in the collection - and certainly one of the better values.
Tasting note: Matured in refill American oak hogsheads. Polished gold. Initially lean and restrained with low-key peat, in fact, none at all – instead we gradually get a bouquet that leans towards oak shavings, bitter cocoa, unripe citrus. More assertive in the mouth with spice and fruit flavours: dried pineapple? Pear? Light cocoa and vanilla too. The biscuity malt seems deceptively simple. Evolving texture, the finish is thick, oily, warming and finally, delicious.
59.8% ABV | 750ml
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