Caol Ila 1984
75cl x 50% Volume
Islay single cask, single malt
Distilled 15th February 2004
A light Islay malt with an assertive palate. Hints of spice, peat and seaweed with a peppery finish
Established 1846. Gaelic translation of Caol Ila is ‘Sound of Islay’ – pronounce as ‘cull-eela’. The Caol Ila distillery has a spectacular picturesque location near Port Askaig on the north eastern shores of Islay. It has magnificent views across the Sound of Islay to the spectacular Paps of Jura. Caol Ila is the largest distillery on Islay and operates with six large and lantern shaped copper stills (three wash stills and three spirit stills). Water is sourced at the distillery from the peaty water running from Loch nam Ban (rich in lime). The distillery takes its malt from the centralised maltings at Port Ellen. Caol Ila is one of the lighter Islay malts and highly regarded by blenders, (used in Bell’s, White Horse, Scottish Leader, Johnnie Walker and Black Bottle). Pale golden colour provides a floral, peaty nose and a warming, sweet flavour. Medium-bodied malt with hints of coastal influences and iodine. Develops a dry peppery finish.