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Caol Ila 12 Year Old Whisky Brunello di Montalcino Wine Hogshead 53.3%

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Caol Ila 12 Year Old Brunello di Montalcino Wine Hogshead 53.3%

Emerging from Caol Ila’s secluded spot on Islay’s rugged north-eastern shore, heavily peated malt meets the memory of a full-bodied Tuscan red. Dried red fruit and smoky bacon mingle in this complex spirit. Some understated fruity sweetness. Savoury ham and soft tannins complete a beguiling sensorial trip.

Country Scotland Age 12 Years Old
Region Islay Cask No. #313852
Distillery Caol Ila Size 70cl
Cask Description Brunello Di Montalcino Wine Hogshead Finish ABV 53.3%
Year Distilled 2010 Shipping Weight 2 Kg
Year Bottled 2023 Description Single Cask Release

Caol Ila in the north of Isle of Islay was founded as far back as 1846 by Hector Henderson. The distillery is sited near Port Askaig overlooking the beautiful Sound of Islay which it is named after in Gaelic- ‘Caol Ila’.
Over the years the distillery changed hands numerous times and was subsequently bought by Distillers Company Ltd in 1927. In the early 1970’s there was a complete overhaul of the old buildings and six new stills were put in place then in 2022 a brand new visitors centre opened. 
Much of the whisky produced goes into the Johnnie Walker blends and a very small amount is kept aside for maturing as a Caol Ila expression. The single malt is mainly made with peated barley giving the final flavour profile that classic Islay taste. In the core range there’s the Moch with no age plus the 12, 18 and 25 year olds. Also in the range is The Distiller’s Edition which has a delicious muscatel finish.


Caol Ila 12 Year Old Brunello di Montalcino Wine Hogshead 53.3%

Official Tasting Notes

Nose: Inhale peat, honeyed smoked ham and the tang of salt. 

Palate: Red wine fruitiness. That soft sweetness then subsides, chased by more big smoke meat flavours. A saline tinge to close. 

Finish: A medium finish. Neither short nor sweet, given the staying power of its savoury bacon notes. 


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