Caol Ila Cask Strength 1996 59% 70cl

Caol Ila Cask Strength 1996 59% 70cl

Key Info

Type Single Malt Scotch
Country Scotland
Region Islay
Distilleries Caol Ila
Vintage 1996
Strength 59%

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One of the most popular malts in the Connoisseur's Choice range is Caol IIa, enjoyed for its Islay character. It is a lively whisky, peaty and full in flavour, without being as intense as its more famous counterparts. Its availability is limited, and with a name that is difficult to pronounce, Caol Ila has remained an almost secret Islay malt. The name - pronounced 'culleela'is gaelic for 'Sound of Islay'. The distillery is appropriately hidden in a cove near Port Askaig, overlooking the Sound of Islay, across which the ferry chugs to the nearby island of Jura.

AROMA without water Sweet and smoky notes - sweet cured ham. Some subtle tar notes linger with a hint of Sherry.

TASTE without water Initially mouth warming with a peppery edge. Some Sherry and rich dark chocolate influences are present. A vanilla note emerges and lingers.

AROMA with water Sherry influences initially with a hint of sweet cured ham and some light ash notes. Tropical fruits emerges - kiwi and pineapple.

TASTE with water A subtle peppery edge, more balanced with a subtle hint of ash and smoke. A dark chocolate note emerges.