The first of thirteen annual releases in this series to combine refill and rejuvenated American oak hogsheads and ex-bodega European oak
butts. An exceptionally grown up whisky with a powerful and persuasive flavour profile that could only be a Caol Ila. Established in 1846, Caol Ila is hidden away in a tiny bay near Port Askaig on the Sound of Islay (in Gaelic, Caol Ila). A nearby water supply was one reason for the remote site; a waterfall even supplied power for the barley hoists and pressure for the fire hydrants. Until the early 1960s casks left Caol Ila and supplies arrived by sea. Rebuilt as a new distillery and significantly extended to six stills in 1972, Caol Ila became the largest distillery on Islay yet its single malts remained almost unknown until 2002, when an award-winning range was
introduced. This is in many ways a connoisseur’s Islay malt; despite being less well known than their southern siblings, its whiskies are every bit as capable of fine complexity, balanced and distinctive in fresh aromas and taste, with great character and depth at any age.