Fable – Chapter One – Clanyard
Caol Ila 12 Year Old
Nose: Distinctive and trademark smoke notes on the nose. Evocative of a sea port at low tide. Charcoal-like beach barbecue. The smell of an extinguished wood hearth in the morning
Palate: The rich woody smoke carries on to the palate. Earthy, rugged and reminiscent of the harbour-side. A beach barbecue of flavours, with some delicious lemon juice poured over grilled sardines.
Finish: Surprisingly gentle and ordered, with fading oily smoke and burned and orange pith.
Few distilleries combine tradition and modernity as effectively as Caol Ila. The distillery is one of Scotland’s most remote, nestled in a cove in Port Askaig, on the tip of Islay. It overlooks the ferocious Sound of Islay, from which it takes its name, and looks across to Jura. A pier was built in front of it in the 1860s, and for the next 100 years or so, two steamers a week were dropping off raw materials to it, and taking spirit away. But for all the quaintness Caol Ila is an industrial giant, an island colossus, and to meet the growing demands on it, has been rebuilt on a couple of occasions, including an expansion in 2010.
700ml Bottle Size