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Caol Ila Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
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- ABV 61.6%
Caol Ila (Gaelic for 'the Sound of Islay') is situated on the north eastern shores of Islay, with magnificent views across the Sound of Islay to the spectacular Paps of Jura. For more than 100 years small coal-fired “puffers” (boats) like the SS Pibroch brought barley, coal and empty casks to the Caol Ila distillery, returned with whisky through the sound that divides Islay and Jura. Although the 'puffers' no longer exist, the barley is still malted locally at Port Ellen and the pure spring water still rises from limestone in nearby Loch nam Ban.
While that tradition has passed other changes have taken place. The old outdated distillery has being replaced by a new, £1 million building in 1974. Craftsmen faithfully reproduced the six stills from the original design to ensure the distinctive quality of Caol Ila remained. The whisky itself is considered to be a slightly lighter example of Islay whisky. Nevertheless, for lovers of Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Lagavulin, this whisky will similarly impress. This unusual cask strength bottling has just arrived in Australia for the first time.Tasting note: Straw colour with very pale straw hue. The nose is closed at first, then yields apple crumble, creme-caramel and subtle orange chocolate notes. Soft palate entry builds slowly as a gentle spirit tingle fans out throughout the mouth. Excellent balance for a whisky of this strength. Creamy texture, with smokey, sweet vanilla malt flavours emerging on the palate. Finishes warming with subtle sweet smoke aftertaste. A pleasant Caol Ila though for a cask strength, surprisingly lacking in length. 61.6% Alc./Vol.
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