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Caol Ila 1979 25 Year Old Cask Strength

Caol Ila 1979 25 Year Old Cask Strength
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Winning bid: £240.00
Lot number: 085-0258

For anyone visiting Caol Ila today it might be hard to believe that it was once one of the smaller distilleries on Islay, with the Diageo workhorse now producing almost as much spirit as Lagavulin, Ardbeg, Bowmore and Laphroaig combined! Despite this, Caol Ila still isn't as globally recognisable as its Islay stable-mates, due to the majority of its production being used for blends, such as Johnnie Walker. In fact it wasn't until the early noughties that it was marketed seriously as a single malt, but its quality and rock solid consistency have won it a dedicated fan base that will surely continue to grow.

The other trick up Caol Ila's sleeve is its versatility. During the downturn in the fortunes of the whisky industry in the 1980s, demand for traditionally heavily peated Islay whiskies was particularly low. Caol Ila's ability to produce an unpeated, Highland style whisky for blending helped it weather the storm; a legacy which is still honoured today in the form of its special, annual release of unpeated malt.

Released after the success of the 25 year old cask strength in 2004, this was a limited release of only around 6000 bottles.

Distilled: 1979

Bottled: 2005

Age: 25 years old

Cask Type: Refill American & European oak

58.4% ABV / 70cl

Bottle Number: 2098

Please examine all images of the lot, any packaging and labels carefully and satisfy yourself as to their condition before making a bid.

Featured in: The 85th Auction (April 27 – May 6, 2018)