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Caol Ila

Region: Islay
District: North Shore

Caol Ila (pronounced "cull-eela") was built in 1846 by Hector Henderson and lies peacefully in the Port of Askaig overlooking the Sound of Islay on the Northeast shore of Islay. Caol Ila means "Sound of Islay," in Gaelic, which is the body of water that separates Islay from the Isle of Jura. The view from the distillery stillhouse oversees the Sound and carries the eye out to the famous Paps (mountains) of Jura. It is claimed that this may be the finest view from any distillery anywhere. The entire distillery, except for the warehouses, was rebuilt in 1972-74, when its production capacity was increased from two stills to six. It is an excellent Islay malt coveted by single malt connoisseurs everywhere. As a single malt, Caol Ila is very rare. It could be found only in independent bottlings until as recently as 1988.

15 year old

Proof 86
Color Straw and honey.
Nose Very fragrant with peat and smoke. Pungent.
Body Medium and firm.
Palate Assertive. Full and very round with smoke and a hint of sweetness. Medicinal.
Finish Very long. Some smoke, spice and peat.

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