Distilled at The Caol Ila distillery in November 2000. Bottled in Glasgow February 2014. Aged 13 years old at 54.5% alc/vol. Un chill filtered, no artificial colouring.
A spicy nose with a touch of mint. The house style is oily, olive like. Junipery. I also detect smoked ham. Not as brutal as Lagavulin, Laphroaig or Ardbeg.
Caol Ila distillery pronounced Cull-eela, meaning Sound of Islay, is situated on the East coast of Islay, in the most peaceful part of the island overlooking the Isle of Jura. It is thought to have been built around 1846. The distillery sources its water from Loch Torrabus, a Loch considered to hold the purest water on the island. Caol Ila is a main component of Johnnie Walker and Bells and only a small quantity finds its way onto the market through Independent Malt Whisky Bottlers. The Caol Ila malt is one of the top malts produced on the island. The distillery is located south of Bunnahabhain on the Sound of Islay overlooking the Isle of Jura