A 12-year-old single cask from Islay's Caol Ila, bottled by Adelphi.
Distilled 2008 and matured exclusively in a first-fill sherry butt, this was bottled 2021.
Just 287 bottles at 53.6%.
Nose: On the nose we first discover harbourside oysters with Tabasco, eucalyptus, twiglets, mature cheddar and peanut satay.
Palate: The palate is similarly savoury with biltong, Oxo cube, olive brine, chocolate and chilli, salted liquorice and a lengthy, waxy finish
Caol Ila is part of the Diageo stable and the bulk of its 6.5 million litre annual capacity is destined for blends. For a long time a whisky insider's secret, Caol Ila was brought online as a single malt in the late '80s in part to showcase the oily, coastal, smoky spirit but also to ease the demand on sister distillery Lagavulin.
Caol Ila and Lagavulin soruce the same malt from the Port Ellen maltings, but Caol Ila produces a fresher and more coastal whisky due to longer fermentation, taller still and a higher cut point. Now a cult favourite as an official single malt, it is also often seen in exceptional independent bottlings.
Adelphi is one of the world's top independent bottlers of whisky. They acquire casks already matured to bottle, as opposed to maturing them themselves, and the Adelphi brand has been synonymous with top quality whisky in the post-2000 era. The company also owns the Ardnamurchan distillery on Scotland's east coast, which distilled its first spirit in 2014.
- Single Malt
- Caol Ila