Caol Ila 'Gordon and MacPhail' 2004 / 2015 59.3%
Islay Region — Caol Ila
Caol Ila 12 years old 43% 750ml
From the northern edge of Islay, the Caol Ila distillery is known for a slightly more refined smoke character, with citrus fruit and and a gentle sweetness that mingles with the peat. Sophisticated and lingering, a great introduction to some of the smokier whiskies from the Island.
Caol Ila 'Gordon & MacPhail' 2004 / 2015 46%
This expression of Caol Ila was bottled by Gordon and MacPhail from first-fill Bouron Barrels and has a sweet cured meat aroma along with hints of vanilla, apple and ripe bananas. The palate is sweet with mango and orange zest flavours complemented by a lingering salty, peat smoke edge.
Caol Ila 'Signatory' 1983 / 31 years old 49.4%
This spectacularly old Caol Ila has been hand-selected by the team at Signatory Vintage from just a single cask, laid down 31 years ago in 1983. Whiskies of this age from Caol Ila are complex and deep, the smoke and peat flavours are softer, more integrated and mellow but always present like the embers of a peat fire. There is a gentle tang of t...
Caol Ila 'Signatory' 2007 / 8 years old UCF 46%
Selected from a pair of sister casks from the Caol Ila distillery, this 8 year old bottling by Signatory Vintage is a punchy dram, with loads of dry coastal bonfire peat smoke and sweet and tangy citric (particularly lime, citrus cordial) notes throughout, as is typical for Caol Ila of this age.
Caol Ila 'Xtra Old Particular' 1979 / 35 years old 47.1%
This exceptionally old Caol Ila is one of the few to come from the late 1970's, bottled from a single cask that yielded just 204 bottles, of which only 3 are available in New Zealand. The tasting notes written by the team at Douglas Laing talk of a stately old Islay malt, with soft peat, ash and oily rag aromas. The soft peat builds to bonfire s...