Caol Ila, 11 Year Old 'the Eclipse' Single Cask

Caol Ila, 11 Year Old 'the Eclipse' Single Cask

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Pronounced 'Cull-Eela' the distillery is situated on the North-Eastern shores of Islay in a cove that has magnificent views across the Sound of Islay to the spectacular Paps of Jura. The barley used here is still malted locally at Port Ellen and they draw on pure spring water that has risen from limestone in nearby Loch Nam Ban to fall to the sea at Caol Ila in a clear crystal stream. Despite being the largest distillery on Islay - it has 6 copper stills producing 3.65 million litres annually, which is double that of even Laphroaig - Caol Ila releases a relatively tiny amount of whisky annually as single-malt. Founded in 1846 and substantially renovated between 1972 and 1974, in the days before this market had really taken off it was destined for a huge array of blends across the whole whisky industry. This practice continues to this day with most of the malt produced going into the Johnnie Walker blends; but with a range of high-quality single-malts now also being produced. Peated, on average, to 35ppm, the Caol Ila style is relatively genteel, with a salty tang and a herbal/earthy, rather than iodine/seaweed, base. Since 1999 the distillery has also experimented with unpeated special-releases.

The nose has all the salt and bonfire smoke character one expects from an Islay Malt, married with hints of tobacco and fresh lemon tart. The smoke lingers on the palate along with notes of white pepper, white chocolate, lemon juice and the saline hit of fresh oysters; leading to a delicious finish that serves to enhance those chocolate and pepper qualities over a bed of rich charcoal smoke. 

From a limited run of only 1067 bottles this edition was inspired by The Eclipse Hotel, which was acquired by James Eadie in September of 1893.

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