GreatDrams Caol Ila 9 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt

If you’re on the hunt for a whisky that is considerably more special and a great deal rarer than the whisky you’d find down at your local Tesco’s supermarket, we here at have got your back.

Here at Great Drams, we look for the rarest, most unique of single malt whiskies. We know whisky through and through and so we know a special whisky when we see it. Our Caol Ila 9 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt Whisky, is most certainly a special whisky. It’s also only our second single malt from Caol Ila.

Sitting snug along the coast from Port Askaig, Caol Ila distillery looks out over the Sound of Islay towards Jura. It is a distillery steeped in history, dating back to 1846 when it was founded by Hector Henderson. 

Despite the distillery struggling in its infancy, changing hands multiple times, today, owners Diageo couldn’t be happier with it. Complete with 3 wash stills and 3 spirit stills, Caol Ila Distillery produces upwards of 6,000,000 litres of spirit every single year.

A Special Whisky from a Special Place

Caol Ila Distillery is located in a stunning coastal location in one of the most remote parts of Western Scotland.

It is the limestone enriched spring water, coupled with the local malted barley and the American Oak Bourbon casks, that help ensure that the finished product of these single malt whiskies, is like nothing you will have ever tasted before.

Caol Ila 9 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt Whisky is rich, peaty, and earthy, with hidden layers and that unmistakable coastal influence that just sets whiskies distilled in this region apart from ones produced more inland.

The 50cl bottles are limited to just 140 worldwide, and at 48.2% ABV, she’s got quite a kick to her. We have to say, the liquid gold inside the bottle looks absolutely stunning, taking on a deep and rich golden straw colour.

Tasting Notes

Caol Ila 9 Year Old is a special beverage, and once you’re fortunate enough to feel those first few drops pass by your lips, you’ll never want to put your glass down.

On the nose, seasoned whisky drinkers will detect that unmissable scent of Islay Malt, combined with rich pineapple and apricot notes, with a hint of toasted oak.

On the palate, those peaty notes come through instantly and the coastal influence quickly becomes apparent, complimented perfectly with notes of mixed berries, winter spice, seaweed, mangoes, pineapple, and a suggestion of coconut upside down cake, topped off with oak smoke.

The finish is drawn out, with notes of burnt hay combined with fresh pears, nutmeg, sea salt, and candied lime peel.

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