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 5 ans 2015 S.V, 70cl, 60%
Quantity limited to 1 bottle by client.
A peaty single malt from the Isle of Islay, Caol Ila is known for its oily peaty notes, as well as maritime and vegetal notes.
Caol Ila is the Gaelic name for the “Sound of Islay”, which separates the island from Jura. For some, the distillery’s pronunciation is as remote as its location, sitting as it does on the rugged eastern coast, where it has remained hidden from view since 1846.
This bottling, carefully selected in the cellars of Signatory Vintage and bottled at its natural level, is both powerful and subtle. Iodine and peat, marked by notes of ash, citrus and herbs.