Cadenhead's Caol Ila 31 Year Old
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Caol Ila
  • Age 31 Year Old
  • Distillation date 1984
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 52.1%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • smoky
  • lemon
  • floral
  • peaty
  • brine
  • savoury
  • oak
  • fruit
  • sherry

Cadenhead's

Caol Ila 31 Year Old (0.7l, 52.1%)
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Character Goatson
Cadenhead Caol Ila 31 Year Old is a fluke… a glorious accident of good fortune.

Established in 1842, Cadenhead is Scotland’s oldest independent bottler. Their two shops in London and Edinburgh are veritable shrines to the art and science of Whisky. For their own line of spirits they purchase a cask or two at a time from the best distilleries. What matters to them is that they find something unique or special that is in too limited a supply for the those distilleries to effectively market. Otherwise, these odd-lot casks of heavenly spirit would be destined to be sloshed into large vats of blended Whisky — and that’s no good, right?

Caol Ila is one of the lighter, more floral single malt from the largest distillery on Islay. Owned by Diageo, it’s Whisky is in high demand as a core component to dozens of premium blends. In fact, the major blends take 95% of production, leaving only 5% to go into their signature single malts. Cadenhead has managed to grab a few amazingly old casks that are just to darn great to waste in a blend. And aged 31 years in ex-Bourbon casks, it is far older than anything that the distillery bottles on its own. This is truly a rare opportunity to own of the richest and oldest single malts to come out of this historic distillery.
  • Category Scotch
  • Country Scotland
  • Region Islay
  • Distillery Caol Ila
  • Age 31 Year Old
  • Distillation date 1984
  • Style Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Alcohol 52.1%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Warm gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Deep and sharp with brine, heather, and smoke

Flavour / Taste / Palate
More peaty smoke with misty sea and smokes muscles with lemon

Finish
Savory and smoky
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  • smoky
  • lemon
  • floral
  • peaty
  • brine
  • savoury
  • oak
  • fruit
  • sherry
Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Caol Ila is named after the body of water it sits on. Its name translates from Gaelic as "Strait of Islay."
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
90% of all Scotch Whisky released in the market is a blend. That’s a hell of a lot.
Whisky distilling goes way back to 1494 when the first recorded batch was made by a posse of monks who acquired about 60 gallons of barley and decided to turn it into "aqua vitae". They created the first 1,500 bottles of Scotch in History.
Can Scotch go bad? Technically, an unopened bottle of Scotch can last forever. Air is the only true evil to Whisky; once the liquid is oxidized it is no longer immortal. After opening, as long as you store your Whisky in a cool, dry place, it will last another 5 years.
First-class Whiskies are taxed not only by the state but also by the angels. This refers to the 4% of Whisky that evaporates from the barrels every year, a phenomenon known as the angel’s share.
Caol Ila is named after the body of water it sits on. Its name translates from Gaelic as "Strait of Islay."
Blended Whiskies are the result of years of craftsmanship and dedication. A master blender does not simply wake up one day with a profound ability to create a cohesive and enjoyable liquid. From nosing the liquid to working out quantities of each different grain and malt to go into the blend, a master blender can take years, if not decades, to train.
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