Markedly lighter and more subtle than the other Islay malts. Caol Ila means “Sound of Islay” in reference to its position on the coast overlooking the strait that separates Islay from Jura. Aged in bourbon casks, this is a refreshing dram with notes of burnt toast, pepper, wild flowers, hickory, malt, dried mint, cut grass, a wisp of sweetness and an oily quality.
This whisky has a lightness of touch, an elegance, almost a femininity, but under no circumstances should it be underestimated. Alter Ego: Boudica; like the queen of ancient Britain who led a rebellion against the Romans, Caol Ila is beautiful yet prickly, rebellious, unpredictable, challenging, very much of the countryside, fiercely proud of its heritage and not afraid to stand up to the big boys. Caol Ila is a grower, but perseverance will be greatly rewarded.