Pronounced 'cull-eela', the distillery is situated on the North Eastern shores of Islay with magnificent views across the Sound of Islay to the spectacular Paps of Jura. In 1846, Glasgow distillery owner Hector Henderson picked a little bay on the Sound of Islayfor his distillery site. He named it for the sound itself, using the Gaelic Caol Ila, and it was across this sound the little puffer ships made their round trips to the mainland – slowly helping to establish the distillery as the biggest on Islay.
Distilled in 2002 and bottled in 2014, this whisky was finished in Moscatel casks prior to bottling which give it a richer, sweeter edge. A complex and elegant whisky packed with peaty, smoky notes and flavors of fresh lemon zest, crushed digestive biscuits and sweet cinnamon. Richly flavoured yet also drying and finely balanced, the Moscatel cask wood is not over evident in this double-matured Caol Ila.
Caol Ila Cask Distillers Edition works best served in a traditional whisky glass, with a little water. Try the Distillers Edition with your favourite savoury snacks to find which pairs best.