Caol Ila Distillers Edition carries no age statement, but is apparently double-matured in Moscatel wine casks. It’s a good deal heftier than most of the rest of the Caol Ila range, with lots of oaky character and smoky peat.
Caol Ila Distillery was founded in 1846, and takes its name from the Gaelic term for the Sound of Islay, the strait between the islands of Islay and Jura that it overlooks. It is one of the most critically-acclaimed distilleries on Islay, but is less well-known in many areas than its legendary neighbors Lagavulin, Laphroaig, and even Ardbeg. Caol Ila is pronounced “kuh-LEE-luh,” for those not up on their Scots Gaelic.