Introducing the GreatDrams Christmas 2021 Special Release – Caol Ila 8 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt

let’s begin

So, we never set out to release a Christmas Series, but thanks to you, our readers and customers reacted so well to our first 'one off' Christmas release, and subsequently filled Greg's inbox demanding another the next year so we pushed one through and managed to get it out in record time from concept to labels to bottling to release. 

This year we have been a lot more considered (we actually planned this one before the 2020 Christmas Series release sold out – get us and our organisation), as we wanted to bring out something from one of the icons of the whisky world, a distillery that people would stop and say ‘huh’ when we talked to them about it, a whisky that was made for winter nights and sitting around the fire together celebrating good times, and working through the bad. A dram to raise after a long day, or share with friends through those long, cold nights. 

And I think we did ok, and why do I say that so confidently? 

Oh. Hell. Yeah. Our first Caol Ila release, and what perfect reason to bottle it than for our Christmas 2021 limited edition Single Cask Single Malt release… the distillery character is all about a grassy / cereal note combined with a lovely ripe, fresh pear note intertwined with hints of muted spice and exotic fruit notes as well as that salty, coastal brilliance that Islay is known for… oh, and of course a subtle, yet distinctive smoke note.

This much anticipated, and requested, Christmas Series release is a Single Cask Single Malt whisky from the Caol Ila distillery on Islay. 

Curiously, the ‘industrial chic’ design of Caol Ila means it is not really one of the most beautiful distilleries to look at, but is lovely to look out from over the stunning scenery of the Paps of Jura.

Caol Ila is Islay’s largest producer of spirit, producing 6,500,000 litres of heavily peated spirit each year, and has had eight owners over the years as the industry evolved and the distillery adapted to the different demands of the times.

Christmas 2021 Caol Ila 8 Year Old Single Cask Single Malt

£30.00 – £65.00

This much anticipated, and requested, Christmas Series release is a Single Cask Single Malt whisky from the Caol Ila distillery on Islay.

Non-chill filtered
Natural colour

Caol Ila
8 Years Old
October 2021
Cask type
Bourbon Cask
48.2% ABV
200 bottles globally

Caol Ila is nestled right on the coast of Scotland’s most famous Whisky producing isle, Islay.

Coal Ila bears the harsh seaside winds with pride and produces a malt that represents both its fantastically rugged surroundings and the distinctly smoky character of the region.

Islay is well known for its smoky drams and Caol Ila produces drams that are no exception.  Every mouthful of every expression is a testament to the quality scotch whiskies that can be crafted with a bit of peat smoke behind them.

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My name is Greg, and I’m a brand strategy consultant, writer, speaker, host and judge specialising in premium spirits. My mission is to experience, share and inspire with everything great about whisky, whiskey, gin, beer and fine dining through my writing, my brand building and my whisky tastings.

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