As well as reflecting its smoky, malted barley, Caol Ila is also oily and peaty, with marine and vegetable notes. Its recent official bottlings, which are particularly expressive, have an intense smoky and peaty character with a good balance of saltiness and sweetness. Superb versions of this single malt have also been released by independent bottlers Gordon MacPhail & Signatory Vintage. Caol Ilas stills, which are large and onion-shaped, have a strong influence on this single malt and give it a fairly light and delicate character.
CAOL ILA 2013 Very Cloudy S.V 40%
Founded in 1846, Caol Ila is an exceptional distillery on the island of Islay. This young malt will delight lovers of whiskies that come from these peaty, iodine-rich islands. Lightly influenced by its ageing in ex-bourbon casks, this Caol Ila has a salty and smoky flavour profile, marked by notes of coal, camphor and preserved lemons. Like the Un-Chillfiltered Collection, the whiskies in the Very Cloudy range are bottled in small batches of two to five casks. Reduced to 40% without either chill filtering or colouring, they have a rich, intensely aromatic character and a slightly cloudy appearance.