Caol Ila 12 Years Islay Single Malt Whisky 1 l
- Caol Ila
- Alcoholic strength:
- 43 %
Price per liter: € 50.79/l
The Caol Ila 12 Year Old single malt Scotch from the Isle of Islay became member of the Classic Malts Selection in 2005
Hector Henderson was the founder of the Caol Ila Distillery, which is one of eight whisky producing companies on the Isle of Islay.
In 2002, 156 years after the distillery was established, the Caol Ila 12 Year Old single malt Scotch was launched. As a typical Islay whisky, this malt has a strong, aromatic smoke aroma that reminds of a bonfire on a cold night.
It is fresh with a hint of peppermint leaves and citrus. The dram has a very pleasant, full and smooth body that shows a delighting sweetness in the beginning.
Then an elegant smoke arises and brings along an oily nuance of tar and well-balanced spices. The finish is lasting quite long and reveals the bonfire character again. A smoky peat aroma has a warming effect and the salty sea breeze is giving the final touch.
Overall, this is a whisky for those whisky enthusiasts that enjoy a noble, smoky single malt.
In order to resolve the implied arithmetical problem from above: the Caol Ila Distillery was founded in 1846. It is located on the eastern shore of the Isle of Islay, not far from Port Askaig.
The distillery uses the fresh water of the Loch nam Ban and is provided with premium barley malt from a malthouse in Port Ellen. For a long time the company was producing mostly for blended whiskies like J&B or Johnnie Walker. Not until the new millennium own single malts were released.
One of those great products is this Caol Ila 12 Year Old, which was added to the Classic Malts Selection in 2005. This collection can be seen as a listing of some of the greatest whiskies from Scotland.
The Caol Ila 12 Year Old is a high quality island whisky from Islay that has a very convincing character. Thus, it was awarded the following well-deserved medals:
- International Whisky Competition 2015 – Gold in the category Best Single Malt Scotch 12 Years
- The Scotch Whisky Masters 2015 – Gold in the category Islay up to 12 years old
- International Spirits Challenge 2014 – Gold in the category Distillers' Single Malts 12 years and under