Caol Ila, 12 Year Old 20cl Gift Pack, Islay

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Country Scotland
Spirit Type Malt and Deluxe Whisky
Brand Caol Ila
Size 20cl
ABV 43.0%
A 20cl gift boxed bottle of Caol Ila 12yo, perfect for winter walks or during wet days on the coast.

Caol Ila is one of the Classic malts of Scotland, considered to be one of the lighter of the Islays. This 12 year old is smooth and light to medium bodied with a rounded flavour. It starts out quite sweet and becomes smoky and slightly salty whilst remaining pleasant and balanced. It has a smoky finish.

Markedly lighter and more subtle than the other Islay malts and aged in bourbon casks, this is a refreshing dram with a peaty nose, with distinct floral notes, pepper, wild flowers, hickory, malt, dried mint, cut grass, a wisp of sweetness and an oily quality.

It is described as tasting slighty of seaweed/iodine, lightly medicinal, smoky, salty, sweet with a dry peppery finish.
Country Of Origin: Scotland

Caol Ila (Gaelic for Sound of Islay) pronounced as 'col eela' relates directly to its location, right on the shore of the Sound of Islay less than a mile north from Port Askaig and overlooking the strait that separates Islay from Jura. Caol Ila Distillery was founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson. The distillery did not fare well, and changed hands in 1854 when Norman Buchanan, owner of the Isle of Jura Distillery, took over.

In 1863 the business was acquired by Bulloch Lade & Co, of Glasgow, traders in whisky stocks. In 1920 Bulloch Lade went into voluntary liquidation, and a consortium of businessmen formed the Caol Ila Distillery Company Ltd. In 1927 the Distillers Company Limited acquired a controlling interest in Caol Ila, and in 1930 Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd obtained ownership of all the shares. The company eventually became part of Diageo.

Today Caol Ila is the distillery with the largest production on the island. What Kilchoman produces in a year takes Caol Ila distillery only one week. The distillery is often referred to as a whisky factory and the peaty liquid is often used, for almost 90%, in blend whiskies such as Chivas Regal and others.

Country Of Origin: Scotland

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