Malt of the Month: April 2018

We choose our Malt of the Month to highlight some of the great whiskies of the world. Some are well known, some less so, but you can be certain that if it's our Malt of the Month, then you won't be disappointed. This month we've chosen:

The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Caol Ila Distillers Edition 2002
The Whisky Exchange Malt of the Month – Caol Ila Distillers Edition 2002
Caol Ila

Caol Ila 2002
Distillers Edition

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Caol Ila's Distillers Edition takes this wonderfully smoky, oily dram and finishes it in casks that used to contain Moscatel wine, adding an extra layer of sweetness and dried fruits. Caol Ila is one of the most consistent distilleries on Islay, producing delicious drams that combine rich smoke and elegant citrus notes.

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Tasting Notes

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From The Producer

  • Nose: Wonderfully concentrated pure, clean Caol Ila – peaty and medicinal, with rich fruit, spicy and fragrant. With water, the fragrant smokiness comes singing through.
  • Palate: Sweetness and maltiness strike first, then are quickly overwhelmed by peat smoke and intense, clean, crisp flavours. Caol Ila’s signature smoky bonfires are here, and build to quite a size. Overall, drying, in a beautifully balanced, complex, elegant development with cinnamon spice.
  • Finish: An extraordinarily stylish and complex double-matured expression of Caol Ila; the Moscatel cask wood not over-evident; richly flavoured yet also drying and finely balanced.

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    About Caol Ila

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    History

    Caol Ila was founded in the mid-19th century, and has been rebuilt and patched up many times in its 170-year history. The largest producer on Islay, a lot of its whisky goes into Johnnie Walker blends but its single-malt offerings are highly regarded, too. And in recent years, unpeated Caol Ilas have been released to much acclaim.