Caol Ila 12 Years Islay Single Malt 70 cl

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Caol Ila 12 Years Islay Single Malt 70 cl is a whiskey produced by the Caol Ila distillery in Scotland.

Why buy it?

Great classic of peated and Islay whiskies; the distillery is today one of the oldest and largest on the whole island. If you’ve never had a peated whiskey, you really should start here.

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Caol Ila was founded in 1846 by Hector Henderson on the north of the Scottish island of Islay. The distillery overlooks exactly the part of the island that faces the island of Jura; the name “Caol Ila” comes from the Gaelic meaning “Sound of Islay”. The distillery immediately produced a much appreciated, peated, “island” style whisky; even after the major modernization and expansion works of the distillery in 1974, the traditional artisanal production methods have been maintained. Another curiosity about Caol Ila is that the technical direction of the production is directed entirely by Billy Stitchell, who represents the fourth generation of Caol Ila “master blenders”. This means that the know-how is literally handed down “from father to son.”

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Production method

To produce a single malt whiskey, the barley is first subjected to a malting process, during which the complex sugars/starches present in the cereal are broken down into simple sugars, suitable for alcoholic fermentation by the hands of the yeasts. This procedure takes place in three phases: the maceration of the cereal in water to moisten it, the germination, during which the barley, which has been removed from the water, absorbs oxygen and begins to produce the radicle and to germinate; this procedure in particular will release the enzyme which is responsible for the transformation of starches into simple sugars. Subsequently this procedure is interrupted and the cereal is dried, which often takes place using peat-powered ovens, which will give the typical hints of smoked or brackish. Subsequently, the dried barley is ground and added again with hot water for further extraction of the must; this is what will be subsequently fermented and then distilled. The specification provides that for the wording single malt the whiskey must come from a single distillery and be aged for at least three years in oak barrels in Scotland.

Tasting notes

Light but intense straw yellow colour. On the nose notes of sea breeze, flowers and ripe fruit, peat and brackish, balanced in an elegant succession. On the palate the great finesse is revealed more, with a rich initial softness counterbalanced by harder notes and alcohol on the finish of the mouth.


Perfect at the end of a meal or as a meditation; particularly recommended for lovers of whiskey or smoky or intense flavors in general. Great as a gift!

Additional information

Weight 1,5 kg


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