Caol Ila – 2000 – 12 years – 56,80%

Old Masters – Cask strenght
Distillation : 2000 – Mise en bouteille : 201 2 Cask number : 9908  – Alcool : 56,80 %

“(91 = brillant whisky) n22.5 soft, playful smoke with a zesty corner; t23 brilliant delivery with just the right amount of aggression to the peat and backed and balanced by a rich wave of juicy barley; f22.5 silky and soft to the end with the sugars multiplying; b23 anyone with a sweet tooth and a penchant for smoky whisky will be in their element. “(Jim Murray’s Wisky bible 2014)

Caol Ila distillery
Caol Ila (prononcer Kool-ila – terme gaélique pour détroit d’Islay) est une distillerie de whisky située sur l’île d’Islay près de Port Askaig, en Écosse, où il n’est pas rare de voir s’ébattre des phoques.
Pour se rendre à Caol Ila, il faut tourner à gauche, juste avant le coquet port de Port Askaig, et s’aventurer sur la petite route pentue qui serpente jusqu’au bas de la colline. Bien des visiteurs aimeraient élire domicile sur le rivage de Caol Ila, séparée de l’île de Jura par un bras de mer à peine plus large qu’un grand fleuve mais infranchissable les jours de tempête.
Si vous savourez une gorgée de Caol Ila, vous devinerez immédiatement que vous êtes à Islay, mais vous ne pourrez cependant pas forcément identifier la distillerie qui élabore ce malt. Son style est en effet plus rond que bien d’autres single malts distillés dans l’île. Michael Jackson, chroniqueur et expert du whisky, reconnaissait au malt de Caol Ila un style moelleux ainsi que des notes d’huile d’olive caractéristiques.
Humez un verre de Caol Ila ; des arômes de brise marine et de fumée vous rappelleront qu’à une époque pas si éloignée, la pêche et la coupe de la tourbe représentaient l’essentiel de l’activité dans cette région.
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The bottler : James MacArthur
James MacArthur was established in 1982 with the aim of selecting whiskies from Scottish Distilleries which were either not very well known or had ceased to operate and bottling them at cask strength, thus introducing whisky drinkers to distilleries they had never heard of.
This policy has been continued, with top quality single barrel bottlings from a wide selection of distilleries. Whiskies are currently bottled at ages ranging from 10 years to 30 years and at both cask strength and 45%vol. These are fine examples of the quality and variety available from each whisky producing region and the Company has won several awards over the years for its bottlings, both internationally and in the UK. Our bottlings are also well received by Jim Murray in the Whisky Bible, the Spirit Journal in the U.S.A. and by Malt Maniacs in Europe.
James MacArthur’s Old Masters, Cask strength whiskies are bottled at natural strength and without the whisky having been chill-filtered or having colour added. The 45% bottlings, although reduced in strength, are similarly non chill-filtered and have no added colour. The aim is to offer a product which is as natural as possible and which retains its original characteristics and flavours.
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Islay, Isle of
The island of Islay (pronounces Eye-La), the most southerly of all the Hebrides, lies on the east coast of Kintyre.
It is flat, green and largely composed of peat (water on the island is brown with it mixed with peat). The harsh winter winds push the salty clouds far on the island, allowing the peat to soak in water, which is again dried by salty breezes of the sea. All these features make the charm of whiskeys from Islay, of great importance for some and less for others.
It has undoubtedly a privileged position in the world of whisky. The island has nine distilleries in activity and is carried by many whisky’s specialists as an autonomous region. It still remains parts of the installation of two other distilleries, such as warehouses, or in one case, an oven. In the best of times, there were here nearly 26 distilleries.
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