CAOL ILA 2009 AGED 9 YEARS ~ ISLAY, SCOTLAND
86/100 Whisky Base
An intriguing bottling of Caol Ila from Hunter Laing's Old Malt Cask range. This one is a 9-year-old expression, distilled in September 2009 and left to mature in a wine cask until February 2019, when it was bottled with an outturn of 385 bottles.
Nose - A mixture of peat smoke and strawberry jam, shortly joined by a touch of chocolate biscuit.
Palate - More peat, now with some leafy tobacco hints too. Greengages, smoke, orange boiled sweeties, and rose.
Finish - Salinity lingers of the finish.
Caol Ila was founded to the North of Islay in 1846 by the pleasingly-named Hector Henderson. It is located near Port Askaig and sits in lush, floral surroundings, overlooking the cove and the Paps of southern Jura. The distillery draws its water from Loch Nam Ban, whose waters travel through limestone and peat before reaching their beneficiary, Caol Ila.
From 1999, unpeated single malts have been experimented with and in 2006 the first unpeated bottling was released in the form of an eight-year-old. Caol Ila, whose name derives from the Gaelic for ‘Sound of Islay’, has been included in the Diageo Classic Malts range, exhibiting twelve and eighteen-year-old expressions as well as a Moscatel-finished Distillers Edition. Independent bottlings can also be found.