Caol Ila Distillers Edition

Caol Ila Distillers Edition

(0.7l, 43%)


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As it makes a difference in the Sherry, so it makes all the difference in the Whisky, and a sweetness and fuller body. 
 
The first thing you’ve got to know is how to pronounce "Caol Ila." In Gaelic you say "cole i-la" and it means "sound" of Islay — as in Puget Sound. And sure enough, this distillery sits right on the water facing the strait between Islay and Jura… smack dab in smoky-single-malt paradise. This is a production machine, cranking out 3.5 million liters of the peaty amber liquid each year. Why? Because people just can’t seem to get enough of the stuff, that’s why!
 
We told you that this stuff is popular, and sho’nuff, not only is there a huge demand for their single-malt offerings, but Caol Ila is a core component of some of the worlds biggest blends. Johnnie Walker and the famous Black Bottle Whisky would not be what they are today were it not for the floral, savory nectar flowing from the stills there on the shores of the Jura Strait since 1846. Go get ‘em lads! 
 
Caol Ila Distillers Edition is the classic 12-year Caol Ila misty-island goddess Whisky finished in Muscatel casksWe laymen like to toss around words like "Sherry" as if it had only one meaning. But if you are from Portugal or southern Spain, you take Sherry VERY seriously. And these professionals know that Muscatel casks are simply a better fit to compliment the unique character of Caol Ila Whisky.
 
So as it makes a difference in the Sherry, so it makes a difference in the barrel, and thus it makes all the difference in the Whisky. Caol Ila Distillers Edition picks up the floral fruitiness and light sweetness of the Muscatel. The extra time in the cask gives it more richness and body too. And who doesn’t want more richness and body? 

 
Smartass Corner:
Muscatel is a kind of fortified wine — similar to a Sherry — that is made exclusively of Muscat grapes. Where some Sherries taste like dried cherries or raisins, these have more floral and citrus notes.
 
 

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sweet
floral
oily
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sweet fruit
peaty
spicy
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Categories of Scotch Whisky: Single malt, Blended malt (formerly called a Vatted malt), blended, single grain and blended grain Scotch.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Clear gold
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Intense and beautiful nose with peaty, medicinal notes that evolve into rich fruits and spices.
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
The sweet and malty palate brings a wave of peaty smoke and crisp flavors of cinnamon and spices.
 
Finish
Long, rounded, and complex finish.

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Ratings & Reviews
Aaron
Aaron,
Wonderful nose on this - non-overpowering peat, dark chocolate, spiced honey, and interesting white wine and Oreo notes. Taste was very solid but didn't quite live up to the complexity of the aroma. A little more peat, charcoal, dark chocolate again, a little sweetness midway through, and then a very iodine/medicinal heavy finish that didn't quite do it for me. A very solid, enjoyable dram indeed...but fell just short of great.
 
guest
guest,
Phenomenal; subtle & smooth but smoky like an Islay.
 
Maurizio
Maurizio,
So much whisky for your money. Top!
 
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