Whisky Caol Ila malt 18 years old, with box, 0.7 L
The long aging in oak gives the whiskey a beautiful amber color.
Complex balance of primary tastes. Smooth and soft, smoky-sweet at first, with notes of candy and dry peat, then shows acidic in nature with sea salt. A little more sweet than 12 years. Very nice, smooth, slightly smoky finish with notes of cocoa developed, good length and spreads throughout the body warmth of the light.
Complex flavor of the ocean, the soft peat, wet wool, apples and pears, pine, Parma violet and light notes of smoke smoldering fire.
Whisky Caol Ila 18 Years particularly expressive with fish dishes: try it with gravadlax (salted salmon), herring rolls weak salted snack or gently smoked fish roe with lemon juice and olive oil (tarramassalata). Also pleasure mix whiskey with spicy chorizo sausage (chorizo sausage).
Caol Ila from Gaelic means "strait Ayla." The factory was founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson in one of the most beautiful and wild places of the West of Scotland - on the northern part of the island of Islay, on the beach, overlooking the strait between the islands of Islay and Jura. The place was not chosen by chance - next to the lime-rich crystal clear lake Loch Nam Ban, which provides the main supply of water. Despite the constant change of owners, the plant worked almost constantly, except for the period from 1930 to 1937 and during the Second World War. In 1927, the Distillers Company Limited acquired a controlling stake in Caol Ila and in 1930 Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd has received ownership of all shares. The company eventually became part of Diageo. To meet the increased demand for blended whiskey, the plant has been completely renovated between 1972 and 1974. All buildings were destroyed and rebuilt (except warehouses) in the same architectural style as the original, but large in size, and are equipped with the best equipment. Instead of two, was established six new copper pot stills in the form of bulbs that mimic the old, which guarantees the distinctive quality whiskey Caol Ila. Distillation apparatus wash stills holds 18,000 liters and spirit stills - 14000 liters. In connection with the modernization, Caol Ila started to buy malt malt house in central Port Ellen. Germinated barley (malt) is dried hot smoke from burning peat, thus obtaining a "smoked grain", resulting in a distinctive smoky whiskey iodine-peat flavor. Caol Ila is the largest plant in Islay. Despite the large volume of production - 3.8 million liters per year, the plant employs only 11 people. Previously, all production was exclusively for the blends. The first spill Caol Ila single malt whiskey was produced in 1989, and in 2002 was presented to the official line of malt whiskey, which included Caol Ila 12 years, 18 years and Cask Strength.
«Caol Ila remained undiscovered by many. However, increasing its popularity occurred with the release of three new age of proposals in June 2002. This malt - a fantastically balanced Islay with juniper, wet grass and subtle salty fish. " David Broome, author and whiskey expert.
Awards and ratings Caol Ila malt whiskey 18 years old:
IWSC: Gold medal 2004, 2005, 2007 Silver, Gold - Best-in-class in 2008;
San Francisco World Spirits Competition: Silver in 2005, double gold in 2006, Gold in 2007.