Caol Ila 12 year old virgin oak finish by Wilson & Morgan 56.2% 700ml
Distilled in 2008, finished in virgin American oak, bottled in 2020.
Whisky Type:Single Malt Whisky
Cask Type:ex Bourbon barrel
Known as “Mr. Consistent”, Caol Ila is Islay’s largest distillery, pumping out 6.5 million litres a year. While they use the same malt as their smaller sister distillery, Lagavulin, the distillation regime at Caol Ila produces a lighter sweeter spirit, famed for its white sugar and peanut butter character. This bottling has had a 12 month finish in virgin American oak barrels.
Nose: Peanut shells in a Louisiana BBQ house. Hot sand on a desert highway.
Palate: Surf and turf is on the menu. Slow cooked brisket seared on a coal fired BBQ. Juicy Crayfish cooked in its own juices and whole lemons. Japanese rice cracker mix with wasabi peas thrown in.
Finish: Lingering white shellfish meat and vanilla
Founded by Fabio Rossi, the grandson of the Venetian edible oil and wine merchant Giuseppi Rossi, Wilson & Morgan have earned their place in whisky fame. Following the golden rule, “Trust your palate and your instincts”, Wilson & Morgan have had the opportunity to bottle some wildly rare casks from some of Scotlands more elusive distilleries, including Port Ellen, Brora and Macallan. Fabio Rossi was also instrumental in the use of Sicilian Marsala wine casks in finishing whisky. In 2002 he bottled a Longmorn, finished in Marsala casks, which he then presented to author Michael Jackson, who dubbed Fabio as “The Tailor of Whisky”.