An exceptional taste experience
Unique and distinctive Islay smokiness makes Caol Ila a reference for connoisseurs of Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky the world over. Caol Ila is the Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay, which separates the island from Jura in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland's West Coast
Caol Ila 12 year old 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. Try it with appetising, salty savoury dishes. For example, olive tapenade on French bread, or juicy warm chorizo sausage. Odd as it may sound, shortbread works well too.
Peaty, firm and smooth
A pale straw-coloured single malt
It begins sweetly then yields a fragrant smokiness
Sweet-smoky, lingering finish with oily notes
Delivered in a beautiful maritime gift box, it’s the perfect present for someone looking to explore smoky island whiskies. You can choose a gift card, which we can add a message to – if the gift is going direct to the recipient – or we can leave it blank, so you can write it yourself if the gift is being sent to you.
Simply serve in a rocks glass, adding some ice or a splash of water. It can also be mixed with Drambuie creating a warming serve with a subtle flavour
Alcohol Unit 1.1
A bit of history
This 12 year old malt was an entry level bottling from the Caol Ila distillery launched in 2002. The distillery was founded in 1846 on the island of Islay and derives its name from the Gaelic Caol Ile for “Sound of Islay” in reference to its location overlooking the strait between Islay and Jura.
Nestled in a hidden cove near Port Askaig, Islay, the Caol Ila (pronounced “Cull Eela”) distillery sent its whisky to market by sea for over a hundred years. Caol Ila is the Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay, which separates the island from Jura in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of Scotland's West Coast. The distillery was founded in 1846 and is situated on the shores of the Sound, a spot originally chosen partly because of the clean water from Loch Nam Ban which still provides its main supply. This single malt was named Outstanding Silver Medal Winner at the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2015. The ultimate Islay malt, Caol Ila is considered by experts to be the perfect entry point into the world of peaty malt whiskies and a reference for connoisseurs of Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky the world over."
Award: Double Gold
Award: Named Outstanding Silver Medal Winner