Caol Ila distillery was founded in 1846 and is located on the island of Islay, near Port Askaig. The name of the distillery literally means “sound of Islay”, if translated from Gaelic. Caol Ila is one of the lighter style Islay malts, unlike its heavy-weight neighbours Lagavulin and Laphroaig. Besides single malt, Caol Ila whisky is also a cornerstone of different blends like Johnie Walker Black Label, and Johnie Walker Green Label. Gordon & MacPhail are one of the biggest and oldest independent bottlers in Scotland, and have been a family run business since 1895. They source the best barrels on the market to age the spirit from various distilleries, and all of their offerings are of tremendous quality, never chill-filtered and no caramel color added. They are also owners of the Benromach distillery – the smallest distillery in Speyside, but one that is famous for producing one of the best artisan single malt Scotch whiskys.
This Caol Ila 10 Year is a part of the Connoisseurs Choice range, it was matured in refill sherry hogsheads for 10 years, natural color, un-chill filtered and bottled at 46% alc/vol.
NOSE: Cured meat, apple, herbal mint, smoke.
PALATE: Sweet peat, lemon zest, pepper, tropical fruit, peat smoke.
FINISH: Long, smoke, campfire lingers.