Caol Ila Whisky – 14 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky

It is Sunday the 7th of November 2010 and Jim has decided to refill his Caol Ila Decanter, as it has been lying empty for too long. So a good look through his cabinet and he soon located a bottle of Caol Ila.

Caol Ila Aged Over 14 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Distilled January 1990, Bottled August 2004 for The McGibbon’s Provenance Range, an Un-chill Filtered Bottling form only Two Casks. 46% Alc/vol, 75cl.

Not only did Jim decide to fill his Decanter with this rare dram but he decided to do a wee tasting.

Built in 1846, Caol Ila is the largest of the Islay distilleries. With the majority of it’s production going for blending, but it’s Single Malts are fabulous.

Caol Ila Distillerycaol-ila-14-year-old-islay-single-malt-scotch-whisky

Port Askaig,
Isle of Islay, PA46 7RL

Telephone: 01496 302760



Owners Diageo

Caol Ila (pronounced “Cull Eela”) is the Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay.

Now for the tasting.

Colour…Pale sunny gold

Jim’s Tasting

Nose…Intense sweet peat, a delicious fruity and salty seaweed nose.

Taste…Sweet peat continues, the seas and oceans are in here, a little oily, beach barbeque’s in winter, and some spicy fruit.

Finish…The finish is long and smoky with some oak coming in, leaving you felling quite warm.

Score…4 Corks

This is a wonderful aperitif.

What can Jim say about this special dram, firstly a big thanks to the Glasgow based bottler Douglas Laing & Co Ltd for there continued high quality bottlings.

As this wee dram was and Islay Malt Jim could not fail to love it and love it he did, so Jim’s Caol Isla decanter is now sitting on his cabinet proudly containing a grand Islay Malt.

The Whisky Boys still have a few bottlings from Douglas Laing, including The Old Malt Cask bottlings, Provenance bottlings and a couple of Old and Rare Platinum bottlings, these are all sitting there awaiting there turn to join us at our tasting table, we canny wait.

The full range of these specialist bottlings are available on line and certainly at many of your specialist Whisky shops, please go out and buy a bottle and you will not be disappointed, and remember to tell them the Whisky Boys sent you.


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