Caol Ila 12 Year Old Bottling Note
Caol Ila is pronounced “Cull Eela”. For more than 100 years, small coal-fired “puffers” like the SS Pibroch brought barley, coal and empty casks to the distillery, returning her whisky to the mainland through the Sound of Islay. Today, Caol Ila’s secret bay is only known to true Islay devotees. The barley used here is still malted locally at Port Ellen and pure spring water still rises from limestone in nearby Loch Nam Ban, then falls to the sea at Caol Ila in a clear crystal stream, just as it always has. With a subdued, citric fruitiness and a sweet start, our whisky ends with a lengthy, slightly sour finish.