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Caol Ila 15 Years Old Unpeated
 59.1%    |    70cl

This ninth limited release of the unpeated Caol Ila, is from a batch made once a year for blending in the “Highland Style.” A relaxed malt from ex-bourbon first fill American Oak casks, it has a surprisingly clear maritime character that stays fresh and light. Collectors may wish to compare with expressions from first fill Bourbon released at 8,10 and 12 years old and a 14 year old from ex-bodega oak, released in 2012.

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This ninth limited release of the unpeated Caol Ila, is from a batch made once a year for blending in the “Highland Style.” A relaxed malt from ex-bourbon first fill American Oak casks, it has a surprisingly clear maritime character that stays fresh and light. Collectors may wish to compare with expressions from first fill Bourbon released at 8,10 and 12 years old and a 14 year old from ex-bodega oak, released in 2012.

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Caol Ila 15 Years Old On The Flavour Map
Taste the character and craft in every drop.

Region

An unpeated, natural cask strength Islay.

Appearance

Bright, pale yellow gold; light beading.

Nose

Fresh and cleansing, with grainy cereal. Behind this there’s a dried herbal note and a maritime, distant scent of the sea. A reassuring fresh tang floats above fluffy marshmallow and vanilla.

Body

Light.

Palate

Smooth and sweet, then salt toffee with chilli. Warming, sweet and prickly with lovely early liquorice and dark chocolate notes. All delicate at first, but soon expanding on the palate.

Finish

Medium length, clean and elegantly sustained throughout. Warming, with supple tannins, becoming dryer and more fragrant, with hints of juniper, leading to late eucalyptus. With water, there’s a clean, fresh, aftertaste.

Information:

Make: Caol IlaTM

Age: 15 Years Old

Strength: 55.1% ABV

Place of Origin: Port Askaig

Region: Islands

Nose:

Unhurried and warming, yet surprisingly mellow. Fresh and cleansing, with malty, grainy cereal, crisp-breads topped with icing sugar and sherbet lemon sweets. Behind this there’s a dried herbal note and a maritime, distant scent of the sea. A reassuring fresh tang floats above fluffy marshmallow and vanilla, before late top notes of strawberry appear, which become chalky and minty, with milk chocolate. Water introduces old-fashioned oilskins; it’s heady, herbal and sweet, like a victoria sponge filled with cream and strawberry jam.

Palate:

Smooth and very sweet to taste, then salt toffee with chilli. Warming, sweet and prickly with lovely early liquorice and dark chocolate notes. All this is delicate at first, but soon firming and expanding on the palate, growing appetisingly herbal, with lots of cough candy and dried raisin fruit. With water it is very easy to drink; lightly oily, fresher, sweet and fragrantly fruity, with appetising saltiness (that maritime note again).