From the north-east side of Islay, Caol ila 12 year old is the entry level single malt from the distillery, packed with a refreshing Islay charcter and light puffs of peat smoke.
Established in 1846 near Port Askaig, by Hector Henderson, Caol Ila means “Sound of Islay” in Gaelic. A waterfall supplied power for the barley hoists and pressure for the fire hydrants. Today, a novel heat exchanger uses the sea to cool hot process water before returning it to the condensers. Their whisky is a sweet starting, maritime style with a characteristic lingering, smoky finish.
Fresh, sweetly fruity and smooth-bodied, Caol Ila 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky is the colour of pale straw, with a delicate balance of tastes. The clean, appetising nose shows subtle citrus fruit with just a puff of smoke. Firm and smooth, it begins sweetly then yields a fragrant smokiness and a sweet-smoky, lingering finish. APPEARANCE Pale straw. NOSE Subdued, citric fruitiness; a whiff of bath oil and dentist's mouthwash. A fresh and appetising nose, with little or no trace of smoke. A little water raises almond oil and old-fashioned oilskins; still a fresh fruitiness (lychees?), a trace of olive oil, and after a while pot pourri or scented hand-soap. BODY Firm, smooth, light to medium. PALATE Drinks well at natural strength; sweet start; pleasant, light fragrant smokiness and a lengthy finish. Smooth, pleasant mouth-feel; with water light acidity, some salt and still the sweeter notes. A complex balance of primary tastes. FINISH Sweet smokiness in the lingering, slightly sour finish.
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