Caol Ila 2004 Moscatel Cask Finish Distillers Edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar 2018
Caol Ila Distillery
The Caol Ila Distillery was born in 1846 on the shore of the Sound of Islay. It was taken over by Norman Buchanan, the owner of Jura Distillery, in 1854.
In 1863, the distillery again changed hands with Bulloch Lade & Company. By the 1880s over 147,000 gallons of whisky were produced there each year.
In 1920 a consortium of businessmen formed the Caol Ila Distillery Company Ltd. In 1927 the Distillers Company Limited acquired a controlling interest in Caol Ila, and in 1930 Scottish Malt Distillers Ltd obtained ownership of all the shares. The company eventually became part of Diageo.
During World War II many breweries and distilleries were affected due to shortages. The distillery closed from 1941 – 1945 because of wartime restrictions on the supply of barley.
In 1972 the entire distillery was demolished and replaced by a larger distillery using the same architectural style as the original. Currently Caol Ila is the largest producer of Scotch on the island. One week’s worth of production by Caol Ila is equal to about one year’s worth of production by Kilchoman.
Many blended whiskies use Caol Ila Scotch as a staple in their blends.
Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2016) Moscatel Cask Finish – Distillers Edition
Caol Ila Distillers Edition has been won several awards over the years. It won Gold – Best in Class at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in 2009, Gold at the International Spirits Challenge in 2009 and 2010, and Gold at the Scotch Whisky Masters in 2010.
This stylish, richly flavored and complex expression of Caol Ila has – after many years maturation in oak casks – been double-matured in dark Moscatel caskwood, hand-selected to complement the whisky’s sweetly fruity, smoky intensity.
Take a look at my tasting of Caol Ila 2004 (bottled 2016) Moscatel Cask Finish – Distillers Edition on the 3rd of December, 2018 as part of the Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar in this YouTube video: