2012 The Whisky Cellar Private Cellars Selection Caol Ila 8 Year Old Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Thousands of Caol Ilas have been bottled by indies, demonstrating that demand for the distillery's flavour profile remains high. Typically it exhibits iodine, fish and smoked bacon-like aromas with smoke, lemon, pepper and brine on the palate. Importantly, Caol Ila doesn't have to be especially old to be outstanding. In fact, many of the highest-ever rated examples are matured for just over a decade, sometimes even less. Here The Whisky Cellars offer an unusual expression, initially aged in a refill hogshead before being moved to a Madeira wine barrique in 2019 for finishing. Bottled at 56.2% without chill filtration, expect aromas and flavours of salty sea spray, smoked paprika, sweet tomato chutney, red fruit and burning bonfire embers.