Feis Ile 2019 Report #2: Caol Ila

June 16, 2019

Feis Ile 2019 Report #2: Caol Ila

The second report in our Feis Ile series brought us to Caol Ila, which is the largest distillery on Islay by quite some margin and produces a whopping 7 million litres of spirit on an annual basis, most of which ending up in Johnnie Walker and associated blends of course.

After an amazing Open Day at Bruichladdich, we made our way to Caol Ila the following day to take in the sights and sounds of their Open Day.

After parking the car at a communal parking lot and boarding the shuttle buses which were arranged by the distillery, we made our way to Caol Ila.

We then made our way to the distillery courtyard, where a number of tents and booths had been set up in celebration of the festivities.

Just as we had done during Bruichladdich Open Day, we had brought a bottle of one of our brand new releases to Caol Ila's Open Day. While the distillery origins are undisclosed, we'll leave it to you to make your own interpretations.

This expression was distilled in 2008 and matured for the majority of its life in a bourbon cask before being finished in an Alter Ego red wine barrique from the celebrated Chateau Palmer and bottled at a cask strength abv of 58.2% by The Single Cask.

As we took in the sights and sounds of the Open Day, we also shared our expression with the crowd which had gathered at the distillery. Along the way, we ran into a number of familiar faces that we had seen in the previous days and definitely made it a point to share our Islay Malt with them.

As the day wore on, we began sampling the Feis Ile releases from the distillery and we were definitely just as impressed by them as we were with the Octomore Event Horizon.

The distillery had put up a 10 Years Old red wine matured Caol Ila as their distillery exclusive release, as well as a stunning 22 Years Old Caol Ila which had spent a fair bit of time in sherry-treated casks.

As a thank you for their hard work, we even shared our expression with the chaps manning the drams booth and they were quite impressed with it to say the least.

All in all, Caol Ila Open Day was a quieter affair when put up in comparison with Bruichladdich Open Day, but the whiskies were exceptional and the views even more so.

Our Islay Malt definitely received a significant amount of interest and we are pleased to inform that there are still ample stocks which can be purchased from our websites in the UK and Singapore as well as on a number of other online and terrestrial locations.

Written By Brendan Pillai for The Single Cask Singapore

UK Website: http://www.thesinglecask.co.uk

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