A smoky, meaty 13-year-old Caol Ila released by independent bottler Gordon & MacPhail.
Caol Ila is part of the Diageo stable and the bulk of its capacity is destined for blends. For a long time the distilleryâ€™s quality as a single malt was a whisky insiderâ€™s secret. It was brought online as a single malt in the late â€˜80s in part to showcase the oily, coastal, smoky spirit but also to ease the demand on sister distillery Lagavulin.
Now a cult favourite as an official single malt, it is also often seen in exceptional independent bottlings.
Nose: SweetÂ andÂ savoury,Â dry-cured meatsÂ glazed with lusciousÂ apricot jamÂ combines with richÂ vanillaÂ notes. Flashes of softly swirlingÂ peat smokeÂ complement the delicious sweetness.
Palate: Bursting with juicy tropical fruit -Â pineapple,Â kiwi, andÂ bananaÂ - brushed softly withÂ icing sugar. Light touches ofÂ maltÂ and vibrantÂ lemon peelÂ balance the sweetness.
Finish: Long and luxurious with hints of sweetÂ marshmallowÂ toasting over gently smoulderingÂ bonfire embers.
This expression is part of Gordon & MacPhailâ€™s Discovery series, which showcases classic whisky styles under the sherry cask, bourbon cask and smoky banners. Gordon & MacPhail is one of Scotlandâ€™s oldest and most respected independent bottlers and have one of the broadest and deepest collections of maturing Scotch whisky.
- Single Malt
- Caol Ila