A 10-year-old single cask from the Caol Ila distillery on Islay, bottled by Single Malts Of Scotland.
This was distilled 25th January 2011 and bottled 18th March 2021. Cask #301628 was a sherry butt that yielded 643 bottles at 51.1%.
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. Now a cult favourite as an official single malt, it is also often seen in exceptional independent bottlings.
Single Malts Of Scotland is the premium range from Elixir Distillers, the team behind other bottling labels like Elements Of Islay and Port Askaig. Released since 2002, they release whiskies from all over Scotland in single cask and also the Reserve Casks batches.
Official tasting notes from the bottler:
Nose: Crossing over a muddy garden to open the door of a cold-meat smoker, before it’s fired up. Plasticine clay and Lego blocks are stacked and stored in a wooden toy box. Red fruit chutney appears next, along with smoked meats.
Palate: A fresh, salty and soft pretzel is dipped in a sticky, smoky and jammy dipping sauce, alongside slices of high-quality baked ham. Clean handkerchiefs are taken from a waxed jacket pocket.
Finish: Dry and lightly smoky with a sweet and salty finish.
- Single Malt
- Caol Ila