2011 Caol Ila 11 Year Old "Old Particular" K&L Exclusive Single Hogsheads Cask Strength Single Refill Hogshead Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)

SKU #1666549

There's no amount of Caol Ila that we're not interested in. This wonderful distillery on the northern shore of Islay remains one of the great values for independent bottlers. The gorgeous maritime character and medium peat style is an approachable way into the Islay category, but isn't in the slightest bit too tame for seasoned peat lover. The old distillery was founded in 1846 overlooking the Islay Strait for which its name. Across from the distillery the majestic paps of Jura sit calmly in the distance. Considering the incredible volumes this distillery can produce its a impressive the constant quality level we see across independent bottlings. Unfortuntaley, the owners do not offer many distillery bottlings, but we're happy to enjoy it straight out of the cask as we have here. This lovely medium aged refill hoggie was distilled in January 2011 and bottled without chillfiltration in October of 2022 at 55.8% alc. by vol. It's not had any color or water added before bottling and will do well with some good spring water added to open up the full potential of this excellent dram.


Price: $79.99
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By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/14/2023 | Send Email
This punch ocean-y 11 year is a great contrast to the dark and rugged 8 year by the same bottler. A winter batch distilled in the heart of the January 2011, it spent 11 years in a relatively silent refill hoggie to be bottled in fall of 2022. The color is white wine. The nose is salty, offering ashy gray smoke, cold wet peat, a powerful ocean character bringing in some seaweed and salty seaside foliage. On the palate it's full brine tempered by lemon oil, candle wax, sweet oyster liquor, sweet smoke, cola and smoked meats. Long and satisfying it's an ocean-y lemony one which I love. With water and air, more dark smoke and lemon. It's more industrial, diesel engine, smoldering hickory, bitter bark, nettles/shizo leaf, Still plenty of saltiness. Shockingly sweet to start on the front palate now, extremely long and balanced with tons of pillowing dark smoke. A truly fabulous little whisky that well out paces the excellent standard 12 year for a similar price.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2023 | Send Email
This a a nicely balanced peaty single malt. There is a wonderful interaction of smoke and subtle sweet malt aromas . In the mouth the sweet malt flavors come first with then nuanced smoke notes. With a touch of water, the nose is more complex and in the mouth the malt flavors are more pronounced.

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