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Caol Ila Cask Strength
 Varies   |    70cl

Firm and smooth on the palate with sweetness again turning to a sea saltiness. A pleasant, sustained, lightly charred finish. It's usual with cask strength malts to add water, but don't add too much as it can be surprisingly mellow.

Firm and smooth on the palate with sweetness again turning to a sea saltiness. A pleasant, sustained, lightly charred finish. It's usual with cask strength malts to add water, but don't add too much as it can be surprisingly mellow.

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"Bold, well-balanced example, most drinkable."

Gavin D Smith 2004, Whisky Magazine, Issue 39

The perfect
SERVE

Caol Ila Cask Strength works best served in a traditional whisky glass, with a little water.

Pairing
WHISKY &...

The tapenade brings out Caol Ila's smoke and salt notes, while the mix of capers and herbs accentuates the vegetal flavours.

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Pairing
WHISKY &...

The Cask Strength's slightly charred and smokey notes have a natural affinity with the intensity of a salty or mature cheese.

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-15 + 20 /40 12.500

Caol Ila Cask Strength On The Flavour Map
Taste the character and craft in every drop.

Smoky Rich Delicate Light

Region

An even stronger expression of Islay’s character than usual from Caol Ila.

Appearance

A pure amber tone.

Nose

Carbolic, with a beach-bonfire smokiness behind. Then medicinal, lightly floral.

Body

Firm, smooth, medium.

Palate

Reduced, smooth and mildly sweet; light acidity and salty. Mild, compared to the flavour at natural strength.

Finish

Pleasant, lightly charred. Lingering.

Information:

Distillery: Caol IlaTM

Age: Cask Strength

Strength: Varies

Place of Origin: Port Askaig

Region: Islay

Taste:

in brief… Medicinal, smoky aromas, firm body, sweet-salty smoke.

in a sentence… Spirity, coal-tar and camp fire aromas with a firm, clean taste, sweetness turning to salt, a pleasing finish with charred smoke.

Nose:

At full strength, Wright’s Coal Tar Soap is the key- note, with a dead beach-bonfire smokiness behind it. This becomes more medicinal – surgical spirit – with a light floral note. Clean as an operating theatre! With water, the medicinal notes are modified to footbaths and plaster of Paris. Surgical spirit no more. The key-note is now damp wool – a freshly shampooed carpet. Some steam engines.

Palate:

At natural strength, a very sweet start; clean, aggressive, smoky and burning a warm trail down the gullet. Diluted, smooth and mildly sweet to start, with light acidity and heaps of salt. Surprisingly mild, compared to the flavour at natural strength. Don’t add too much water.

AWARDS
Don't just take our word for it...

International Wine and Spirit Competition

International Wine and Spirit Competition
Gold

2014

Expert Reviews
Insights from some of the best in the business

"A young, in-your-face style that still has some complexity. Really delivers on the palate."

Dave Broom 2002, Whisky Magazine, Issue 25

"A young cracker. Don't pass this up."

Dave Broom 2004, Whisky Magazine, Issue 39